Best Quotes About Identity

I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee. -Bella Abzug

The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity. -George McGovern

When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death. -Dennis Quaid

From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own. -Carl Schurz

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. -Ambrose Bierce

When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity. -Joseph Campbell

It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one's own identity. -Beatrice Webb

For the duration of its collective life, or the time during which its identity may be assumed, each class resembles a hotel or an omnibus, always full, but always of different people. -Joseph A. Schumpeter

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity. -Rollo May

Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up. -Camille Paglia

One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity. -Charles Brenton Huggins

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership. -Woodrow Wilson

Florida is a place of unparalleled diversity of backgrounds, experiences and vision. It makes our culture unique, but it can also make it difficult to define a common identity and create a sense of community that reaches beyond our neighborhoods to all corners of our state. -Jeb Bush

If we don't act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft. -Bill Nelson

Too many women throw themselves into romance because they're afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won't do that. -Julie Delpy

By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication. -Ralph Ellison

Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity. -Tina Fey

Each and every Notary Public plays a crucial role in combating identity theft. They serve as our front line of defense and the public is safer because of the job they do. -Ken Salazar

It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation. -Alex Grey

Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage. -Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Our citizens will lose their confidence or trust in the values and principles of the international community, especially if our personal identity is denied. -Boris Trajkovski

I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity. -Brian Aldiss

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody. -Chris Evert

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results. -Judith Butler

Most urgently, women's identity must be premised upon our 'beauty' so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air. -Naomi Wolf

The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose. -Richard Grant

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity, I was a traveler. I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist, and a musician. All my life I've been traveling. -Michelle Shocked

I don't need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me. -Jay London

The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization. -Slobodan Milosevic

Yes, your home is your castle, but it is also your identity and your possibility to be open to others. -David Soul

A wife should no more take her husband's name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost. -Lucy Stone

We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables – the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers – to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences. -Jane Elliot

A people must have dignity and identity. -Andrew Goodman

Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals. -Harry Hay

As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work, I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that… That may be the hardest thing for a writer, at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is. -Kenneth Koch

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity. -Robert Louis Stevenson

You manifest based on who you are already – so you must own the identity of the dream in order to manifest it. -Joy Page

Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being. -David Blunkett

Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock. -Page McConnell

Systematically identity top designers as early as possible. The best are often not the most experienced. -Fred Brooks

We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution. -Samuel P. Huntington

The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth. -Samuel P. Huntington

Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past. -Samuel P. Huntington

We all need a past – that's where our sense of identity comes from. -Penelope Lively

Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France. -Peter Mandelson

When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British. -Michael King

I don't have the identity of any of them. I only had the nicks that they used on Internet Relay Chat. -Jon Johansen

Remote villages and communities have lost their identity, and their peace and charm have been sacrificed to that worst of abominations, the automobile. -James Norman Hall

When, in the third book, we do learn the identity of the Blue Rose murderer, the information comes in a muted, nearly off-hand manner, and the man has died long before. -Peter Straub

Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is – those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity. -Stanley Crouch

The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

On another level, I want to mention that I have a strong Jewish identity and – over the years – have been involved in several Jewish projects, such as the establishment of a strong program of Judaic Studies at the University of California in San Diego. -Walter Kohn

I grew up with art from the innocent age of ten – with art, but with no sense of identity. -John Lone

I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style. -Owen Hart

It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S. national sovereignty. -Dick Thornburgh

I'm right at a time when I'm strongly finding my identity inside of my work. -Josh Lucas

The building's identity resided in the ornament. -Louis Sullivan

Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder. -Paul Ricoeur

The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character. -Paul Ricoeur

I feel when somebody has been playing cricket for a long time, he creates a separate identity for himself. -Sachin Tendulkar

I come from a country and also a continent whose identity is in the making. We're a very young culture, and I think that things are not yet crystallised. -Walter Salles

The reactions haven't differed; the concerns have been different. When I read for a predominantly Indian audience, there are more questions that are based on issues of identity and representation. -Jhumpa Lahiri

An un-named song is like an un-named child, it has no identity. -Robyn Hitchcock

Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity. -Jennifer Capriati

I think the Lower East Side inspires me. That whole neighborhood, a lot of the people that I worked with, seeing what we've gone through in life, being given an opportunity to understand who I am; my identity, my culture, and my roots. -Luis Guzman

There were two mentalities, and both mentalities had to change. There was what I called the Afrikaner mind set of the Unionist politicians, which was holding all power in their own hands, and discriminating, and their objective was to protect their identity. -John Hume

Therefore they should come to the table and reach an agreement that would protect their identity. -John Hume

I think we carry around the idea of being a Kid in the Hall as part of our identity. It's a big part of how we see ourselves now. -Dave Foley

I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity. -Billy Corgan

As problems like identity theft become more prevalent, now more than ever, Americans need to take their financial health seriously – and this information is of the utmost importance. -Ruben Hinojosa

High bankruptcy rates, increased credit card debt, and identity theft make it imperative that all of us take an active role in providing financial and economic education during all stages of one's life. -Ruben Hinojosa

Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity. -Wilfred Burchett

MSNBC got some very good people. They've got a good-looking set. All They're first-class. Somewhere along the way, they kind of lost their identity as a news channel, and they started doing a lot of other sort of magazine-type programming. -Brit Hume

I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents – but first you have to know them. -Greta Scacchi

I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it. -Alan Hovhaness

Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people to understand that true happiness is found by locating their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity. -Robert Trout

The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are. -Christopher Eccleston

We all need a firm sense of identity. -Christopher Eccleston

This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech, is nearly over. -Harold Brodkey

You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living. -Fernando Flores

So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist. -Betty Buckley

The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life. -Betty Buckley

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day. -Gregg Easterbrook

Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess. -Gregg Easterbrook

From the beginning, each human embryo has its own unique genetic identity. -Robert Casey

Early on, New York already had a national and even international identity. -Ron Chernow

As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together. -Edmund White

A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another's face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support. -Wentworth Miller

When you're in a band that's so big when you're young, you kind of lose your identity a little bit. You just become part of the band. I just needed to get away from it. -Roger Andrew Taylor

First of all, what happens is, when you're good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity. -Mike Krzyzewski

The actor has a constant problem of personal identity. -Cyril Cusack

Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French. -Cyril Cusack

I used to sit near Marilyn Monroe in the Actor's Studio. She'd get dressed up because that was her identity. Sad. Those cameras wouldn't leave her alone. She didn't know where to hide. -Doris Roberts

My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman. -Lena Horne

The thing about acting is you don't want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It's a pleasure to go and exchange your identity. -Gena Rowlands

Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity. -Eugenio Montale

With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity – and never a clique. -Kenneth Noland

Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored. -Andrew Coyle Bradley

In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can't name it, it means you don't recognize it. -Robert Fripp

It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification. -Roman Jakobson

That's all true, but there was something else going on for me as a kid, something about my gender identity that I haven't figured out yet. And that's one of the things I'm hoping to dissect and investigate in this memoir project. -Alison Bechdel

My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I'm social, frankly. -Liz Phair

When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility. -Claire Danes

I took three years off. I differentiated myself from the industry. Found my identity – sort of… I haven't graduated yet. I'm not legitimately educated yet, but maybe one day. -Claire Danes

Society historically has a difficult time with the concept of something new and foreign that shakes up our comfortable views, especially if it involves the very volatile question of sexual identity. -Mercedes Ruehl

Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity. -Jean Charest

Social Security Number Cards by themselves were never intended to be personal identity documents because they cannot confirm that a person presenting a card is actually the person whose name appears on the card. -Ron Lewis

We have fallen in love with the body. That's that thing that looks back at us from the mirror. That's the repository of that lovely identity that you keep chasing all your life. -George Wald

There's this large trend – I think the next trend in the Web, sort of Web 2.0 – which is to have users really express, offer, and market their own content, their own persona, their identity. -John Doerr

Gang violence in America is not a sudden problem. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas. -Dave Reichert

I think everybody faces challenges in their lives. I've definitely been through it – not to the extreme that Astrid did. I try to keep some kind of identity and strength. -Alison Lohman

No one has their own identity like the Ronettes did back in the day. -Ronnie Spector

As part of my efforts to fight identity theft, I worked with my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee to strengthen consumer protection with a reasonable notification requirement. -Melissa Bean

There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love. -Lukas Foss

Mr. Speaker, Americans want, need, and rightfully expect Congress to protect them from the prying eyes of identity thieves and give them back control of their Social Security numbers and personal health information. -Luis Gutierrez

The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others. -Ulrich Beck

Thirty years ago, in 1976, the notion of organized activity to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was an extremely controversial one. -Robert Brady

To be able to always have a super sense of who I was and my own real identity and be petty and seem informed and always thinking in thoughts would be great. -Jeff Goldblum

But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity. -Claudia Cardinale

We don't need a nation that has national identity cards. -Malcolm Wallop

You talked about national identity cards and the terrorism bill. We have made a government that has grown used to viewing us as subjects, has grown used to seeing its role as commanding us. -Malcolm Wallop

I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene. -Marc Ribot

After that I couldn't show my face outside. I lost my identity and balance. I was still living with my parents, and they were my only friends. For so many people, this thing with the nurse was confirmation that I must be mad or mentally ill. -Mathias Rust

It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity. -Jenny Shipley

Then a year would go by and I'd realize I love the acting too much and it is my identity and I don't know how to be anything but an actress. It's who and what I am, so I always come back. -Delta Burke

What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists. -Paul Wellstone

I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up. -Jessica Hagedorn

My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify. -Jessica Hagedorn

I knew an actor's career goes up and down and back up again. Your standing in this business can't be your whole identity; otherwise, you're doomed. -Lisa Kudrow

I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility. -Kate Millett

When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn't interested any longer. That's very astonishing. -Raymond Queneau

My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity. -Arthur Ashe

My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses. -Alan Dundes

Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity. -John McGahern

Consular cards are easily obtained with no proof of true identity and are easily forged. -Elton Gallegly

Human identity is the most fragile thing that we have, and it's often only found in moments of truth. -Alan Rudolph

Your life will be a blessed and balanced experience if you first honor your identity and priority. -Russell M. Nelson

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity. -Marshall McLuhan

A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same. -Djuna Barnes

If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honour has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity and this expression of an identity will take different shapes and forms. -Abdolkarim Soroush

The possibility of saying anything about a thing rests on the assumption that it preserves its identity, or continues to be the same thing in the respect described, that it will behave in future situations as it has in past. -Frank Knight

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals. -Abdolkarim Soroush

The question of boundaries is a major question of the Jewish people because the Jews are the great experts of crossing boundaries. They have a sense of identity inside themselves that doesn't permit them to cross boundaries with other people. -A. B. Yehoshua

As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline, an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being. -Abdolkarim Soroush

The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities): the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive, with its identity. -Nicholas Mosley

Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a 'work' of man. -Mary McCarthy

We must see what in the Israeli identity – in the Israeli – we can give to other people rather than speaking so often of taking, expanding territory. -A. B. Yehoshua

Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. -B. R. Ambedkar

You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off. -A. R. Ammons

Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth. -Jean Baudrillard

The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes. -Sallust

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience. -James Baldwin

It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity. -Alex Kapranos

When you are in a band for a number of years you loose your identity in a way. You become a part of that band and then all of a sudden you are not part of that band. You are still the band without the other two members. -Greg Lake

No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women… When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women. -bell hooks

Bruce Wayne is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human. -Kevin Conroy

I love acting but I don't like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are preceving you. -Nicole Kidman

2010 is not just a choice between Republicans and Democrats. 2010 is not just a choice between liberals and conservatives. 2010 is a referendum on the very identity of our nation. -Marco Rubio

We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living. -Rem Koolhaas

Now I'm just known as McDreamy, I've lost all identity as Patrick Dempsey, I'm now McDreamy. -Patrick Dempsey

I said, yet again, for Germany, Europe is not only indispensable, it is part and parcel of our identity. We've always said German unity, European unity and integration, that's two parts of one and the same coin. But we want, obviously, to boost our competitiveness. -Angela Merkel

It's challenging to find an identity as a young person if you don't have the sustenance of love, because you're being shipped around. -Mary J. Blige

Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father. -Dinesh D'Souza

I don't wanna abandon my identity as LL Cool J, but at the same time, I had to figure out how to let people know that I'm really serious about making these movies. -LL Cool J

From the right, you get demagogues shouting about brown-skinned anchor babies and clamoring to deport the undocumented. From the left, you get advocacy for the oppressed but otherwise, when it comes to national civic identity, mainly silence. -Eric Liu

When I was a child, the FA Cup was one of the crown jewels of the sporting year, along with the Grand National, Wimbledon and The Open. But with every announcement it seems to lose another piece of its identity. First it was sponsors added to the name, followed by the semi-finals at Wembley. -Gary Neville

Southerners are also like ethnic groups in that they have a sense of group identity. -John Shelton Reed

I want an identity outside of my work. -Leighton Meester

When you've been raised in care, rap music isn't just about guns and sexism. They're talking about real things you can hang on to, problems of identity that you have sympathy with. It's not just about the music, with rap: when I was in care, it meant a whole lot more than that. -Samantha Morton

I did everything in my power to give my brokers brand identity and clout in the market. I saw my job as parent to build them up and if I took care of them, then they would take care of their customer. -Barbara Corcoran

My husband had a very strong identity and was successful in his life. Thank God for that. There's no way I can control him. I wouldn't stay married to him if I felt I could. I can readily take my business personality into the home. But he forces me to be a partner rather than the boss. -Barbara Corcoran

To me, at forty-four years old, my book was a search for truth and identity. -Melissa Gilbert

Each driver has their own identity and from one week to another, normally it stays the same. -Kurt Busch

I always had long hair. When you lose it, you realise just how important it is to your identity. -Delta Goodrem

The older you get, the more you fight for your own identity and start to live your own life. -Tia Mowry

By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression. -Manning Marable

I was trying to establish an identity in music, and black and white had nothing to do with it. -Sam Phillips

I don't know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don't want anybody to know my identity. I'm like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man. -LeBron James

Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity. -Maria Sharapova

I started writing one afternoon when I was twenty, and ever since then I have written every day. At first I had to force myself. Then it became part of my identity, and I did it without thinking. -David Sedaris

Just because I believe in the identity and integrity of my country doesn't make a xenophobe or a nationalist. -Emir Kusturica

Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish. -Carlos Ghosn

I confused gender identity with sexual orientation. Your gender identity is about who you are, how you feel, the sex that you feel yourself to be. Sexual orientation is who you're attracted to. -Chaz Bono

Around 2001, I started analyzing lesbians. I started to realize that even really butch-acting or -dressing women still had a strong female identity that I never had. -Chaz Bono

I guess I'd like to have my cake and eat it, too. I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions. -Cliff Martinez

A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexual identity or expression. It's often the effeminate boys and the masculine girls, the ones who violate gender norms and expectations, who get bullied. -Dan Savage

If you really have your own identity you'll keep on doing what you think is really right for you, and you'll also understand the next step you want to take. -Helmut Lang

I was happy being a journalist. I didn't realize losing my job, my identity went with it. -Maria Shriver

I think I've been wishing for celebrity for so long that I've got used to being someone who's petitioning the establishment for acceptance… my whole schtick, my whole identity, is so wrapped up in being a petitioner that I don't really know how to react now that petition has been granted. -Toby Young

When I was a child, we always had wine on the table, no matter how simple the meal. The wine had no special identity; it was just 'the wine,' from the cellar cask. The rules were general: white with the first course, red with the main course. -Jacques Pepin

Throughout my life, I have grappled with my own identity, who I am. As a young child, I often felt ambivalent about myself, in fact, confused. -James McGreevey

When you don't inherit an identity you have to define it on your own. -Marc Webb

Personal identity seems like it's just such an American archetype, from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' to Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby.' It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you're given the freedom to be anything, or be anyone, what do you do with it? -Chuck Palahniuk

I mean, movies in general tend to sort of portray time, space and identity as these very solid things. Time moves forward. Space is what it is. You are you, and you're always you. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was married to someone who wanted me to change. Become more adult, more responsible. I began not to like myself, not like what I do. I lost my identity. Everything began collapsing around me. -Marilyn Manson

American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis. -Tom Hooper

Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They're keeping up with their friends and family, but they're also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They're connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It's almost a disadvantage if you're not on it now. -Mark Zuckerberg

One of the challenges we set up for 'Puscifer' was to come up with a core identity and see how far we can push it. -Maynard James Keenan

I think there is a danger with young people of being dependent in the sense that they don't acquire any identity or self-image of themselves as thinkers. -Edward de Bono

In the past I'd always felt like 'the girl' in the show or the movie. On 'Friday Night Lights' there were a bunch of girls, and I was the woman. Initially there was a little struggle with my identity around that. But now there's a sense of ease. -Connie Britton

When you're a kid you have this sense of wonder and wholeness and a strong sense of your own identity. -Hugo Weaving

If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one's sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one's identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow. -Jon Meacham

Attacks on a politician's identity – questioning Romney's religion, say, or Obama's birthplace – tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can't sell himself. -Jon Meacham

I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions. -Cliff Martinez

I actually don't see that strong of a connection between my background as a rock 'n roller and my early films. In a way I think your musical identity in film work is determined by the jobs that come your way. -Cliff Martinez

I needed to be myself and find my own identity. -Bill Skarsgard

The first holy truth in God 101 is that men and women of true faith have always had to accept the mystery of God's identity and love and ways. I hate that, but it's the truth. -Anne Lamott

Rebuilding a network is a slow, brick-by-brick process. It's not just creating a hit show – it's building shows to back up that hit show; it's creating an identity of success so that people want their shows on your network. -Leslie Moonves

Fame is damaging when people become reliant on it for their sense of self, and their identity, when fame is linked to how you see yourself. -Daniel Radcliffe

You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don't necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity… We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican. -Carlos Fuentes

I can't give up my own identity. -Shirley MacLaine

Although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. -Morrissey

If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. -Morrissey

But you see, our society is still trapped in this binary, black/white logic and that has had some very positive implications for our generation. It's had some very negative ones as well and one of the negative ones is that it creates enormous identity problems for people who have one black ancestor and all white ancestors for example. -Henry Louis Gates

Doesn't the world see the suffering of millions of Palestinians who have been living in exile around the world or in refugee camps for the past 60 years? No state, no home, no identity, no right to work. Doesn't the world see this injustice? -Ismail Haniyeh

Like any group that has endured much, African Americans have created a strong and mutually reinforcing sense of group identity. That's not a bad thing in and of itself. -J. C. Watts

Fighting for identity is something that is very much in my life. -Ang Lee

The most important thing for me as an artist is having an identity. -Eric Church

When you know who you are as an artist and you have your own identity and got it figured out it helps you know what to write about. -Keifer Thompson

Right after 'Raymond' I had a world-is-my-oyster attitude, but I found out I don't like oysters. I had this existential emptiness. 'What is my purpose? Who am I?' I had a big identity crisis. -Ray Romano

Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody. -Chris Evert

Maybe we've been brainwashed by 130 years of Yankee history, but Southern identity now has more to do with food, accents, manners, music than the Confederate past. It's something that's open to both races, a variety of ethnic groups and people who move here. -John Shelton Reed

Each book tends to have its own identity rather than the author's. It speaks from itself rather than you. Each book is unlike the others because you are not bringing the same voice to every book. I think that keeps you alive as a writer. -E. L. Doctorow

Carving out an identity for yourself is important so I'm trying to do that as well. -Adam Lambert

As an actor, you're always playing different people, so you yourself are always kind of going through an identity crisis. -Josh Hutcherson

We need to reflect the true identity of Muslims, how peaceful they are and really be able to talk to the Western media about the true look and heart of the Muslims. -Hesham Qandil

If you meet a woman in a burqa, she can't reply to your smile. It's a denial of identity. -Jean-Francois Cope

History is information. Memory is part of your identity. -David Miliband

I seem to have been able to make a career out of doing what I feel like doing, so why not keep doing it? What's corrupting is wanting to be more important. You want to be more arty – you get your identity from that. Or you get your identity out of making more money. -Jane Campion

We, the people. Manifest Destiny. Conceived in liberty. Fear itself. Ask not. Morning in America. United we stand. Yes, we can. In times of great change and tumult, presidents seek to inspire beleaguered Americans by reminding them of their national identity. -Ron Fournier

Starting at age 10, my personality and my identity all stemmed from employment. I had a set to be at. I was a certain way with the cameraman, a certain way with the makeup lady – a normal, routine environment. -Jason Bateman

Young kids don't have their identity, so everything is so important. Now I'm mature. I know who I am and I know what my thing is and I know what I'm bringing. It's very clear and defined. -Liz Phair

The thing is most people are afraid to step out, to take a chance beyond their established identity. -Demi Moore

Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don't want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity. -Karen Armstrong

We are addicted to our egotism, our likes and dislikes and prejudices, and depend upon them for our own sense of identity. -Karen Armstrong

You're an island no matter what you do. I think it's very dangerous to use popularity as your identity in life. So you have to really know who you are inside, the core person, and follow what is true rather than follow what is hype. -Donny Osmond

I've reached the 50th year of my life, and now every question related with life also includes thinking about death. When I leave, I want to leave to my offspring a clear idea about identity. -Emir Kusturica

Berlin is still going through a transition since the Cold War – both in what used to be East and West Berlin. I can still sense the confusion and the struggle for identity there in the streets. There's a pulse to it. -Diane Kruger

When you have a global mush, people lose their identity, they become pseudonyms, they have no investment and no consequence in what they do. -Jaron Lanier

I'm really interested in stories about identity – who I am now versus who I used to be. -Seth Gordon

Like lots of women who marry young and find themselves mothers by the time they're 25, I felt I no longer had an identity. -Rachel Hunter

What is at stake in the debate over health care is more than the mere crafting of policy. The issue is now the identity of the Democratic Party. -Thomas Frank

I really feel sorry for new generation. It's hard to find backbone. I never had crisis of identity. But I think many Americans have it. -Natalia Makarova

My daughter has always had a strong sense of her own identity. From the day she was born her father and I were in love with and in awe of her and still are. -Jenny Eclair

We don't see the global citizen as someone with no identity, but rather someone who has confidence and is proud of his culture and history – and… open to the modern world. -Moza bint Nasser

But I really believe that when you give people authentic identity, which is what Facebook does, and you can be your real self and connect with real people online, things will change. -Sheryl Sandberg

The people who are competing business-wise out there want what other successful labels and artists have. I don't want what they have; I want my own path, my own sound, my own identity. Record labels care nothing about identity or artistic freedom, they want good business. -Joe Nichols

Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it's rarely driving the car. -Jonathan Safran Foer

Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity. -Jonathan Safran Foer

In high school I became a vegetarian more times than I can now remember, most often as an effort to claim some identity in a world of people whose identities seemed to come effortlessly. -Jonathan Safran Foer

I'm not a big fan of identity politics and sort of picking one thing and defining yourself with it. -Andreja Pejic

My hair is my identity. -Ethan Zohn

I feel that sometimes, holding yourself as black, saying that is your sole identity, can sometimes stand in your way of being a member of the humanity of man, being a member of the family of the divine. -Giancarlo Esposito

I have no issues with my identity. -Rashida Jones

Music is a vital part of my life, and it has been since I was a kid. It helped me find my identity as a person, it helped me find my identity as an artist, and it helped me get in touch with emotions that I didn't know I had. -Stephen Chbosky

Well, I think that part of being young is not exactly knowing why you do some of the things that you do. And it's by exploring your life or experimenting or making mistakes and learning from them hopefully that you start to forge an identity. -Stephen Chbosky

I've suffered from an identity crisis my entire life. It's why I went into acting. -Matthew Rhys

I come from an acting family, my father was an actor, and I had to fight my way and just create my own identity. -Vincent Cassel

I was terrible at interviews, lost in my own loss of identity and struggling at home as a wife and mother. It was a household that preferred me working, which threw me off completely. -Mika Brzezinski

It is obviously no secret that I earn a lot of money. But it is also no secret that I give most of it away. I don't live a luxurious life. I drive a small second-hand Fiat. I don't have to worry about money, which is itself a privilege. But I never had any anxiety that I would lose my identity. -Henning Mankell

My identity was a big issue when I was a teenager, and I had a lot of questions, like: 'Who am I?' 'Who do I belong to?' But when I was still quite young, I decided that belonging is a tough process in life, and I'd better say I belonged to myself and the world rather than belonging to one nationality or another. -Hiam Abbass

I've always had this identity thing. When I was little, I was always changing my handwriting because I couldn't decide which one I liked best. -Lianne La Havas

I think a lot of self-identity and inner-personal development is hampered by consumerism and capitalism because we see ourselves as a reflection of the TV, rather than as a reflection of the people who are around us, truly. -Aloe Blacc

Music, especially as an adolescent, helps to build identity because that's when people start developing a sense of self. You can kind of tell based on what music a person listens to what kind of person they'll be pretty much for the rest of their life. -Aloe Blacc

I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed that Katharine Carr Esters claims that she was 'tricked' into divulging her true feelings about Oprah and that she now denies that she revealed to me the identity of Oprah's biological father. -Kitty Kelley

In many ways, being honest about 'Huckleberry Finn' goes right to the heart of whether we can be honest about our heritage and our identity as Americans. -Jane Smiley

Language, identity and forms of life are the terms in which political demands are shaped and voiced. -Terry Eagleton

'Rhye' clearly plays with notions of sexual identity, and it has made a concerted effort to keep its own identity mysterious. Its love songs are gender-neutral, the members have declined to appear in their own videos, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a photo of the duo that doesn't cast them in shadows. -Will Hermes

All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity. -Bryant H. McGill

Materialism is an identity crisis. -Bryant H. McGill

Because I didn't have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn't hand us enough variety to choose from. -Beth Ditto

Films are wonderful but they do fix an identity. I can't read 'Pride and Prejudice' anymore, for instance, without imaging Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. -Deborah Harkness

I always had a separate life than just my work. I built my own family. I have my own hobbies and interests. I have a ranch with livestock and horses. I didn't always get my self-esteem and identity from acting. I never worked unless I wanted to. I never did anything just to do it, just for the paycheck. I always did things that I liked. -Ricky Schroder

My parents raised me to not ever look at race or color, so it doesn't have a big part in my self-identity. -Robert Griffin III

I came to believe that my true identity goes beyond the outer roles I play. It transcends the ego. I came to understand that there is an Authentic 'I' within – an 'I Am,' or divine spark within the soul. -Sue Monk Kidd

I don't like the idea that one hotel could be better than another. In any city, I try to find a hotel that has the identity of that place – Claridge's in London, the Danieli or Cipriani in Venice. In New York, I stay at the Mercer Hotel; it is so much in the character of SoHo. -Jean Nouvel

I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different. -AnnaLynne McCord

I look at my voice and my abilities as a gift. I don't feel that I can even take any credit for it, but it's such a huge presence in my life. It is my life. It's my identity, it's everything. And it's given me a great deal of joy and a sense of purpose – I can't imagine my life without it. -Emmylou Harris

Life may unfold chronologically for the body and for bureaucracies that keep track of such things as births, marriages, deaths, visas, tax returns, expulsions, and identity cards, but memory does not play this game in quite the same way, always manages to confound the desire for tidiness. -Ariel Dorfman

I don't feel proprietary, but I do feel there is a human identity to the borough of Hackney that's quite peculiar. It was always bloody-minded and difficult; it always stood up to central government. -Iain Sinclair

I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring. -Tila Tequila

'I Am Number Four' is a great story about a guy who's trying to find his destiny and figure out who he is and his identity. -Alex Pettyfer

I think for business reasons, fiscal reasons, I think these cable networks can take greater risks and I think with a risk comes better programming. And I think USA has got an amazing identity to it now that is clearly defined with its 'Characters welcome' tag. -Tim DeKay

When I became my masked identity I was this incredible little nerd, but in the real world I had to be this tough kid from the neighborhood. -Junot Diaz

I think there's something really painful about your identity being entirely composed of ghosts. For me, I didn't want to be this kid whose Dominicanness was something caught utterly in the past, is an abstraction, the thing that I write about. Instead I wanted it to be, first and foremost, a thing that I lived. -Junot Diaz

When we talk about feminism – equality without apology for all – we can't be talking about for all white women or all highly educated women but all women, regardless of color, class, creed, sexual orientation or identity. -Christine Pelosi

Staying chaste until marriage, a commandment of my faith, was one of the most difficult challenges of my young life. I had a powerful sense that if I did not get a grip on my identity, my ethics, and my religion, I would go off the rails. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

I've scammed so many people throughout my whole life who never learned my true identity until I started acting. -Charlie Bewley

I was brought up in many different cultures, moving around all the time, and I find my identity in my songs. I project the identity I want to have throughout the songs that I write. -Mika

Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity. -Park Chan-wook

I choose to be American, I choose to live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I choose to have Puerto Rican/Jewish neighbors, and I choose to maintain my Chinese identity. -Eddie Huang

But what I'm very interested in, whether it's writing, whether it's hosting a show, whether it's cooking food, I'm just into the discussions of identity, culture and the politics of culture. -Eddie Huang

When you read something, and especially when you're reading compellingly great, that becomes part of your identity, at least while you're reading it. You become changed by reading it. -David Ferry

When I started to make music at the end of the '90s, I saw myself highly influenced by hip-hop and techno, but I wanted to apply these ideas to something from the local sound; something that had identity, that would say who we were and where we came from. -Steven Sater

To some extent, the idea that rock 'n roll used to have this sort of free antediluvian identity, frolicking in the 1950s with Elvis or something, is totally wrong. It's insane. Elvis' relationship with Colonel Parker, his manager, was one of the most possibly corrupt, certainly lucrative, and intense business partnerships ever in rock n' roll. -Ann Powers

Becoming an entrepreneur was the furthest thing from my mind. I actually had an identity crisis when I realized I had become one. -Anne Taintor

I consider myself to have been formed by a lot of the locutions and aesthetics and principles of the Muslim way of life, and those are an important part of my childhood and my identity. -Ayad Akhtar

The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering. -David Whyte

Most of the Jewish writer friends I have are American, and I feel closer to them because they're always obsessed with one issue – identity: what does it mean to be an American Jew? -Etgar Keret

Often we lose our identity trying to please or placate others. -Mary Manin Morrissey

Most mustaches lie waiting for some Clark Gable or Tom Selleck to fix them in the mind. The greatest are identified with a single man, a bad man, usually, who so wrapped his identity with a particular configuration of facial hair that the two became inseparable. -Rich Cohen

When we cultivate mystical awareness or transcendent identity – which is a natural outgrowth of meditation and other practices – what happens is that we begin to take a witness position on our own lives, and that includes our minds. -James Redfield

I have an English identity and a French identity. When I'm in France, I'm more outgoing. And the French part of me cooks, whereas the English part of me writes. -Joanne Harris

I don't know if there is a personal identity. We all imagine that we are absolute individuals. But when we begin to look for where this individuality resides, it's very difficult to find. -John Banville

Without work, so much of one's identity just evaporates. -Joshua Ferris

Everyone desires relationships and community. Most people want to belong to a cohesive, like-minded group. It staves off loneliness. It promotes identity. These are natural and very human instincts. -Joshua Ferris

For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity. -Mahmoud Darwish

The fact of simultaneously being Christian and having as my mother tongue Arabic, the holy language of Islam, is one of the basic paradoxes that have shaped my identity. -Amin Maalouf

My family are observant Muslims, but I've come to the faith through an intellectual conviction, and that's something that they've taught me. It's never been forced upon me. They've given me a very strong identity as an Australian Muslim. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

It's hard enough to be a middle-school kid, because you're dealing with so many facets of your identity – you're changing socially, you're changing physically, you're changing emotionally, everything is in flux, and to put race on top of that as well and have to figure out your racial identity is extremely hard. -Rick Riordan

Everyone has an identity crisis when they are 16 or 17 years old. -Sara Zarr

It may be the optimist in me, but I think America has a uniquely powerful and capacious glue internally. The American identity has always been ethnically and religiously neutral, so within one generation you have Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Jamaican-Americans – they feel American. It's a huge success story. -Amy Chua

Until the company believes in itself, AOL didn't have its own space and identity in the marketplace. The opportunity is to get out from under the negative history and figure out the value AOL offers for consumers and for publishers and advertisers. -Tim Armstrong

For a border state, I would argue that Texas is less lunatic on the subject of immigration issues than other places around it, like Arizona. They're much more comfortable with their long-term identity as a place with a very large Hispanic population. -Gail Collins

Vision connects you. But it also separates you. In my work, and my life, I feel a desire to merge. Not in terms of losing my own identity… but there's a feeling that life is interconnected, that there's life in stones and rocks and trees and dirt, like there is in us. -Bill Viola

I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn't very interesting, and I'm a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that. -Catherine Opie

The front of a cheque alone gives someone enough information to steal your identity. -Frank Abagnale

Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it. And they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that's one of the reasons that make it very popular. -Frank Abagnale

The police can't protect consumers. People need to be more aware and educated about identity theft. You need to be a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter and there's nothing wrong with being skeptical. We live in a time when if you make it easy for someone to steal from you, someone will. -Frank Abagnale

Since the end of the Cold War, America has been grasping left and right for an identity. -Matt Taibbi

I'd like to think life has improved since 1850, despite the long hours we all seem to spend slaving over hot computers, but the psychological journeys remain the same – the search for love, identity, a meaningful place in the world. -Meg Rosoff

I've realized that it's important to stop trying to think I'm any one thing. People are confused as to their identity and try to cling to one aspect of that identity to describe what they are: American, Republican, Muslim. These are really incomplete. -Mohsin Hamid

I know it may sound silly, but I think my short stories have a life and identity of their own. They crop up in all sorts of places. -Morley Callaghan

The American 'unum' has been lost since the Sixties. If this continues, there will soon be no unifying American identity and vision to balance the 'pluribus,' and the days of the Republic will be numbered. -Os Guinness

Our democratic societies are in danger. In allowing ourselves to be infiltrated by fear, to be blinded by the passion of identity, we are entertaining the most serious illusions about our freedom. -Tariq Ramadan

Today there are millions of people making stuff and putting it into the world: that's become part of our identity and it shouldn't be limited to people who fancy themselves writers, or who are particularly witty or talented. -David Karp

Viral videos aren't just about being funny. They're about identity creation. -Ricky Van Veen

One of the things I regret is that too often in our society a person's whole identity is shaped by their sexuality, or by their sexual orientation. In good Catholic eyes, a person's sexual orientation does not matter. -Vincent Nichols

The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men. -George Edward Woodberry

I picked Dad's guitar up when I was 8. It hurt to play, so I put it down and picked it back up when I was 15 and dug in. The guitar helped me come out of my shell and kind of gave me an identity at school. -Dustin Lynch

A lot of my identity as an Aboriginal person is about family. -Shari Sebbens

Class is something I know about. I've lived it every day of my life, and it shaped me in my identity. -David Lindsay-Abaire

From a young age, I was rubbing elbows with a very different kind of person and social class, and I felt a lot of tension and conflict in my identity because of that. -David Lindsay-Abaire

In my career, I've really wanted to sort of be a morpher and not show my own identity. -Lynn Collins

One thing you can't intend is how you will be read. I hear it said a lot that my books are about the 'search for identity', and this is said admiringly, as if I meant to encourage such a search. -Zadie Smith

One of the great pluses of being an immigrant is you get to start again in terms of your identity. You get to shed the narratives which cling to you. -Joseph O'Neill

You look at Superman, the story of an orphan coming to America, keeping his identity secret and even the names, Kal-El and Jor-El, you can trace lines to the background of the creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both Jewish. Overall, there was a remarkable confluence of events that led to the medium and the Jewish participation. -Jerry Robinson

We were very poor and my family lost everything during the war – our home and our identity. But I'm a believer in luck and think the social conditions you're born into provide the opportunity for you to prove your luck. And I suppose I've been lucky. -Sigmar Polke

An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans. -Haile Selassie

We could not have launched Causes without Facebook Platform, providing real identity and real friends. Facebook Platform was created so that experiences that are inherently social in our off-line lives could be brought online as an authentic expression of who we are; Facebook did this best in revolutionizing photo sharing. -Joe Green

Facebook is developing, and so are we. Timeline is a big step in the evolution of how we manage our identity online – and it's going to make a huge difference to Causes. You are building a monument to yourself and the things that are important to you. -Joe Green

My forms are not abstractions of things in the real world. They're also not symbols. I would say that my job is to invent these forms and to put them together in a way that keeps your interest, to give the forms a quirky identity so you can engage with them, so you realize there's an inner intelligence or logic. -Caio Fonseca

I was not a very popular kid in high school, and I had this idea that the way that I dressed would change how liked I was. It was that kind of Pygmalion story. I think, ultimately that's probably why I became interested in fashion, its transformative power, and how it can change your identity. -Joseph Altuzarra

With the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because, although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears. -Morrissey

I think all writers are armchair psychologists to some degree or another, and I think a character's sexuality is fascinating. It's a great way to really get at the root of their identity, because it's such a personal thing. -Alan Ball

When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence. -Bruce Feiler

My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim. -Dalia Mogahed

I started acting when I was 5 years old. And I was pretty well known for a while. Your self-esteem and your identity start to become wrapped up in that celebrity, and when that starts to fade away, your self-esteem and your identity start to fade away with it. -Jackie Earle Haley

I'm really interested in the intersection between reputation, identity, and knowledge. -Fred Wilson

You still have only one self and one identity. However, self, identity and personality are not things, they are not objects, and they certainly are not rigid. Instead, they are biological processes built within the brain from numerous interactive components, step by step, over a period of time. -Antonio Damasio

I've always been interested in how fast-moving our identity is and that I've never been able to pin down who I truly am. That inspires me to write, because I feel like that cements me a bit, in that I find my identity in being an artist. -Marina and the Diamonds

The woman who thinks she can choose femininity, can toy with it like the social drinker toys with wine – well, she's asking for it, asking to be undone, devoured, asking to spend her life perpetrating a new fraud, manufacturing a new fake identity, only this time it's her equality that's fake. -Rachel Cusk

I was aware, in those early days of motherhood, that my behaviour was strange to the people who knew me well. It was as though I had been brainwashed, taken over by a cult religion. And yet this cult, motherhood, was not a place where I could actually live. Like any cult, it demanded a complete surrender of identity to belong to it. -Rachel Cusk

I don't think of myself as a brand. Branding to me feels like a position or identity that's frozen in time. I'm more interested in transitions. -David Rockwell

To be a good citizen, it's important to be able to put yourself in other people's shoes and see the big picture. If everything you see is rooted in your own identity, that becomes difficult or impossible. -Eli Pariser

I think that people post to social media to help shape their public identity. -Eli Pariser

I know that when I attached my sense of identity a little too closely to my work that I might be distracting myself from feelings of unworthiness. It wasn't the number of hours I worked or how bloodshot my eyes were that defined the difference. It was something internal. -Chip Conley

I wouldn't have been able to move to L.A. if I felt I was going to lose my identity as a New Jerseyian. My accent has gotten thicker since I've lived here. -Gerard Way

Brazil has its own fashion identity. Many very talented Brazilian designers show every season at Sao Paulo and Rio fashion weeks. -Gisele Bundchen

What people don't get is that hair is such a big part of our identity. -Melissa Etheridge

When I was growing up, rock & roll helped give me my sense of identity, but I had to search for it. -Trent Reznor

I've always been into computers. When I was getting out of high school and forming my identity musically, all of it was really coming into the fold, computers and drum machines. It felt like, you know, I'm in the right place at the right time. I liked the collision. -Trent Reznor

For me, I never ever felt the ownership or any identity with any community of disabilities. I didn't grow up being told that I was a disabled child. -Aimee Mullins

In a time where the world is becoming personalized, when the mobile phone, the burger, everything has its own personal identity, how should we perceive ourselves and how should we perceive others? -Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

It's very important for a brand to have an identity through the years, but it's very important as well to evolve because times change so fast. -Donatella Versace

I'm constantly seen as a 'foreigner,' and I need my passport to prove my identity, to keep moving and to carry on my work. -Emmanuel Jal

My hunch is that people often affiliate with causes online for selfish and narcissistic purposes. Sometimes, it may be as simple as trying to impress their online friends, and once you have fashioned that identity, there is very little reason to actually do anything else. -Evgeny Morozov

There is no doubt that the Internet brims with spamming, scamming and identity fraud. Having someone wipe out your hard drive or bank account has never been easier, and the tools for committing electronic mischief on your enemies are cheap and widely accessible. -Evgeny Morozov

In '92 – '93, I was at that age when I was looking for my identity and that's when I found dance music and I really fell in love with it. -Armin van Buuren

I think it's pretty clear that the Internet as a whole has not had a strong notion of identity. And identity means, 'Who am I?' Fundamentally, what Facebook has done has built a way to figure out who people are. -Eric Schmidt

Conflicts are never caused in any simple way by identity, culture or economics. Where resources are scarce, or there are strong historical memories of conflict, small events are more likely to inflame passions. -Geoff Mulgan

To go back to architecture, what's organic about architecture as a field, unlike product design, is this whole issue of holism and of monumentality is really our realm. Like, we have to design things which are coherent as a single object, but also break down into small rooms and have an identity of both the big scale and the small scale. -Greg Lynn

How do you manage your online identity? It's something I talk about with my students all the time. -Hasan M. Elahi

America gave the world the notion of the melting pot – an alchemical cooking device wherein diverse ethnic and religious groups voluntarily mix together, producing a new, American identity. And while critics may argue that the melting pot is a national myth, it has tenaciously informed the America's collective imagination. -Ivan Krastev

Tokyo – still – offers the most tightly integrated infrastructure, where smooth, technology-driven experiences take place when engaging in everyday actions, such as verifying personal identity, paying for goods, and buying tickets. -Jan Chipchase

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity. -Louise Fresco

There is definitely a way in which women are raised to be less proactive, less business-oriented, and less willing to jump into creative no man's land. I think media has more of an influence on how we perceive gender identity than anything else. -Felicia Day

My identity is always at the forefront, and I also think that every article that is written about me refers to me as an Israeli architect. -Moshe Safdie

The brain is behind the really big questions we have. Who am I, what is my identity? What is that based on? If memories are encoded in connectomes, your personality might be in your connectome. If that's the case, that's the basis of your uniqueness as a person. -Sebastian Seung

High school is the time to find yourself and to explore with fashion and create your own identity. -India de Beaufort

We're a nation in search of an identity, but it's quite exciting. I don't regard it as a problem. It's a challenge. -Helen Clark

There are families of every kind. I think a lot of people are struggling to make sense of their identity in a very complicated world. -Bill de Blasio

There are all sorts of ways you can take somebody's identity or change your own, and a million things you can do with it once you have. It's quite incredible. -Keeley Hawes

To me, the most interesting part of 'True Blood' is that the entire crux of the show is based on identity and finding your true identity. -Marshall Allman

It took me many years to understand that my identity is more Israeli than Jewish. -Mili Avital

I don't cover my face because I want to show my identity. -Malala Yousafzai

I wanted to write a story about a future where everyone has a secret identity, in part because the Internet no longer exists. -Brian K. Vaughan

After 9/11, I knew I wanted to write about power and identity and the way Americans on all sides of the political spectrum often mythologize our leaders, which are themes that the superhero genre has always handled really well. -Brian K. Vaughan

An identity based in the one-way love of God does not take into account public opinion or, thankfully, even personal opinion. -Tullian Tchividjian

Performancism is the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance and accomplishments. -Tullian Tchividjian

Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ's accomplishment, not yours; his strength, not yours; his performance, not yours; his victory, not yours. -Tullian Tchividjian

There's absolutely no way you can feel the freedom to embarrass and humiliate yourself unless you have finally recognized that your identity is in someone other than yourself. -Tullian Tchividjian

I don't blame the average seventeen-year-old punk-rock kid for calling me a sellout. I understand that. And maybe when they grow up a little bit, they'll realize there's more things to life than living out your rock & roll identity so righteously. -Kurt Cobain

It's true that I run a multi-national group but I have no interests in India. So please tell me, what should my identity be? -Lakshmi Mittal

In most cases, my favorite Jethro Tull songs will be determined by how I feel about them as live performance songs, not by the recorded identity. -Ian Anderson

You can play anyone if you're open enough. It's a form of possession. Each time you work on something, you allow yourself to be possessed by creating the environment for it. Then you allow the possession to happen – but not at the expense of your sanity or of your identity. -Stephen Lang

I know so many women in their fifties, sixties and seventies who delight in being on their own. It's amazing. They don't see any stigma attached to it. We don't need a man to prove our identity anymore. -Erica Jong

I'm not some sort of tormented soul looking for an identity in the roles I take. I became an actress because I just love dressing up and playing. -Talulah Riley

A thing that happens to migrants is that they lose many of the traditional things which root identity, which root the self. -Salman Rushdie

I have a lot of land. I bought it because I had a very strong feeling. I was in my early twenties, and I had grown up in Los Angeles and had seen that city slide off into the sea from the city I knew as a little kid. It lost its identity – suddenly there was cement everywhere and the green was gone and the air was bad – and I wanted out. -Robert Redford

I've never felt British. I'm just not interested in national identity. I don't know why. -Elvis Costello

I believe that all women should have children. I think women are made to have children and to be mothers. I also think women have to have an identity outside the home. -Diane von Furstenberg

When I started acting, it was like a double identity crisis – your basic crisis, compounded by people saying, 'there goes Robards' kid, Bacall's kid.' Now I realize, sure, that gets your foot in the door, but once it's there, it's your foot. I'm not bothered anymore. I'm confident of my abilities. -Sam Robards

As a writer, I have to admit, there is something darkly compelling about Alzheimer's because it attacks the two things most central to a writer's craft – language and memory, which together make up an individual's identity. Alzheimer's makes a new character out of a familiar person. -Charlie Pierce

My essential identity is that of a writer. -Athol Fugard

That balance between involvement and detachment is what novelists do. It's the ideal relationship between a novelist and a character, I think, total involvement and identity and empathy, stopping short of being autobiographical – in my case, anyway – but also quite detached. -Pat Barker

One of the central motivations for holiness in the New Testament is to be who you are, to understand your identity and your union in Christ and to live that way. -Kevin DeYoung

There is no conscious choice of heterosexual identity any more than there is a homosexual one. The last person in the world who wants to be homosexual, for the most part, are homosexuals. -Michael Eric Dyson

Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines. -Michael Eric Dyson

I think that Michael Jackson, just as an entertainer, as a figure who embodies the contradictions of black identity and the possibilities of R&B music in the '70s and '80s, will continue to be one of the most recognized and formidable human beings that we've ever produced in our tradition. -Michael Eric Dyson

I don't direct so that I can have an identity and so I can go on to CGI movies. I had a big identity as an actor, and that's not what I'm looking for from directing. Directing is a whole different goal. -Jodie Foster

Hip-hop definitely taught me a lot. Having to create your own identity and become known and respected in a male-dominated field – it requires some guts. There are times you have to be strong, and times when you have to stand alone for what you believe in. -Queen Latifah

In our production-oriented society, being busy, having an occupation, has become one of the main ways, if not the main way, of identifying ourselves. Without an occupation, not just our economic security but our very identity is endangered. -Henri Nouwen

Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God. -Henri Nouwen

If the anti-Christian agenda will say, 'Here's your identity, you're an evolved amoeba who ought to just go do whatever you want and don't let anybody tell you different,' then they can get you to throw your faith, your character, your courage, and your liberty right out the window. -Kirk Cameron

You only trust those who are absolutely like yourself, those who have signed a pledge of allegiance to this particular identity. -Judith Butler

I try to find the core values that are so fundamental that they transcend ethnic identity. That doesn't mean I run from it. I embrace African-American culture and I love it and embrace it, but it is a part of a human identity. So I'm always trying to make a larger human statement. -Wynton Marsalis

I was sure we would never see the adoption of the Euro. Countries giving up their currencies for a common tender was, it seemed to me, completely out of tune with currency being a carrier of people's cultural identity, celebrating national heroes and events, as it had been for hundreds of years. -John Naisbitt

Back in the day for me was a great time in my life – I was in my 20s. Most people refer to their experiences in their twenties as being a highlight in their life. It's a period of time where you often develop your own way, your own sound, your own identity, and that happened with me, when I was with a great teacher – Miles Davis. -Herbie Hancock

I think actors are attracted to the idea of other identities and concealing themselves behind some other identity. -Hugh Laurie

I was a businessman for 16 years of my life, so when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary identity separate. -Ashwin Sanghi

That's definitely something I've experienced my whole life – people thinking one thing and then discovering that I'm not, hopefully. So I relate to having to fight that and claim my own identity, when people are trying to throw different ones at me. -Zoe Kravitz

What a lonely species we are, searching for signals of life from other galaxies, adopting companion animals, visiting parks and zoos to commune with other beasts. In the process, we discover our shared identity. -Diane Ackerman

Just as the humble, unassuming, assenting 'O.K.' has deposed the more affirmative 'Yes,' so the little cringe and hesitation and approximation of 'like' are a help to young people who are struggling to negotiate the shoals and rapids of ethnic identity, the street, and general correctness. -Christopher Hitchens

I act because it's the one time I'm sure of my identity. There's no doubt. It's on paper. -Vin Diesel

All over the world, young males and females, schooled in the art of patriarchal thinking, are building an identity on a foundation that sees the will to do violence as the essential way to assert being. -bell hooks

We have to really educate ourselves in a way about who we are, what our real identity is. -Deepak Chopra

Spirituality is meant to take us beyond our tribal identity into a domain of awareness that is more universal. -Deepak Chopra

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. -Erik Erikson

My life is pretty ordinary in so many ways. I live in a town called Plainville. I have the life of an average dad. It feels like I have this secret identity as an author, and it's still very surreal to me. -Jeff Kinney

You want a child who never makes you anything but proud? Please. Don't bother taking on parenthood if you can't handle the fact that sometimes your child's identity won't be what you would have chosen. And if you want to prevent a child from ever suffering? Well, then don't have a child. No one is born into the world never to suffer. -Alice Dreger

I don't have the panic I used to have, meeting people who are androgynous, but when you meet someone whose identity is unclear, that throws your own identity into flux because the way we treat each other is very gendered. -Alice Dreger

I feel it is important not to get overly obsessed and overly carried away with just the physical aspect. There is more to beauty than just the physical appearance. You are also a complete person, and a woman should have an identity beyond just the way she looks. -Katrina Kaif

Between the ages of six and nine, my palette was taking shape as well as my identity as a chef. It was then that I learned the difference between salty, sweet, sour and even spicy. -Marcus Samuelsson

If you happen to tell me where you were born, your date of birth and that kind of information, then I'm 98 percent of the way to stealing your identity. -Frank Abagnale

I changed my name when I was 13. I don't know why but it made sense at the time. I wanted another identity. I wanted to reinvent myself. -Leos Carax

I'm utterly androgynous, and I truly love it. It's been part of my identity for so long. I've never been that pretty girl, and I wouldn't want to be. -Erin O'Connor

I was born by myself but carry the spirit and blood of my father, mother and my ancestors. So I am really never alone. My identity is through that line. -Ziggy Marley

My hair has become part of my identity; it's almost an appendage to me. -Troy Polamalu

There's a point where you think, 'What else will I do if I don't do music?' It becomes your identity when it never should have been. But food ignited a fire in me, and I came right back to music because it no longer felt like a job. It was a really powerful thing for me. -Kelis

History is prone to mistakes in identity, and facts are not always solid things. -Sarah Churchwell

Pop music provides not just the soundtrack to our lives, as the cliche goes; it releases our emotions and helps us to articulate them. This is why music is so important to adolescents, who are struggling with questions of identity and self-expression. -Sarah Churchwell

Success is so bad for everybody, period. Especially a certain kind of success, when people practically give up their identity. They forget who they are, how they are. -Jack Dunphy

Amazon's identity and goals are never clear and always fluid, which makes the company destabilizing and intimidating. -George Packer

Years ago, I carved out an identity, and it has always been about having a voice to tell people about stuff I love. -Eddie Trunk

As a model, I didn't have an identity; I was a chameleon, a silent actress. I was an amorphous thing. I wasn't full of personality, I was full of solitude and solemnity. I wasn't a cover-girl type. -Carmen Dell'Orefice

I've struggled with an identity sometimes; I don't know what exactly I am. I love so many types of music, and I don't want to commit to going down one road. -Brandon Flowers

When somebody asks for a favor involving information, if you don't know him or can't verify his identity, just say no. -Kevin Mitnick

I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim; my comedy stems on all forms of my identity. -Riaad Moosa

My husband and I grew up with parents who supported our passion, and we're grateful to them for that. It really helps you find your identity when you're younger. It helps you become a really well-rounded person, the more you can show from different perspectives. The arts show us empathy, which is so important. -Idina Menzel

Hollywood, the business, would be just fine if someone were to destroy the Hollywood sign. The city's there is the airport – its point of entry and exit, and in some ways its identity. -Dana Goodyear

I think for diners, it is about crafting an identity around food which we have not really had in a mainstream way in this country. So there is a mass movement of people who identify themselves through their food preferences or even just that they prioritize food – that's where we get this idea of being a foodie. -Dana Goodyear

My identity has always been confused. Born in Edinburgh of a Scottish/Russian/Jewish mother and an English/Irish/Catholic father, there is no form of guilt to which I was not subjected in my childhood. Members of my immediate family live all over the world – a diaspora of cousins, aunts, uncles and more in a dizzying mix. -Sara Sheridan

My family spans many world religions, ethnicities and nationalities. The truth is that I don't have one identity. I'm Scottish, British, European, Humanist, Atheist and in part at least, culturally Jewish. -Sara Sheridan

My first four books, from 'Fight Club' to 'Choke,' dealt with personal identity issues. The crises the narrators found themselves in were generated by themselves. -Chuck Palahniuk

Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter. -Henry Rollins

Could it be that violence is as much a part of the American identity as the Constitution, and a vital component to its economic stability? -Henry Rollins

Guns are part of the American identity. -Henry Rollins

What does it mean to a person whose identity is very wrapped up in the music she makes, if her worth is measured by how many records she sells? -Juliana Hatfield

In India, I have been called a 'destroyer.' But that is only because they mixed my identity as a performer and as a composer. As a composer I have tried everything, even electronic music and avant-garde. But as a performer I am, believe me, getting more classical and more orthodox, jealously protecting the heritage that I have learned. -Ravi Shankar

A poem I write is not just about me; it is about national identity, not just regional but national, the history of people in relation to other people. I reach for these outward stories to make sense of my own life, and how my story intersects with a larger public history. -Natasha Trethewey

Before doing 'Midnight's Children,' I didn't really have a chance to explore my Indian side. The Indian side of my heritage was always present, but it did not particularly define my identity. Being English was more an identity-defining status. I was born and brought up in London. Yes, my father is Parsi. -Satya Bhabha

One of the most important elements of my identity is my identity as a reader. I love to read – really, if I'm honest with myself, it's practically the only activity that I truly love to do. -Gretchen Rubin

There's no such thing as identity: it's something we have to believe in to make life more tolerable. -Sebastian Faulks

I'm a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity. -Gabriel Byrne

Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of Negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips, and noses as well as the texture of hair. -Randall Kennedy

Each woman brings her own separate, unique strengths to the family and the Church. Being a daughter of God means that if you seek it, you can find your true identity. -James E. Faust

It is a mistake for women to think that life begins only with marriage. A woman can and must have an identity and feel useful, valued, and needed whether she is single or married. She must feel that she can do something for someone else that no one else ever born can do. -James E. Faust

For women, the important ingredients for happiness are to forge an identity, serve the Lord, get an education, develop your talents, serve your family, and, if possible, to have a family of your own. -James E. Faust

In terms of dangers, such as viruses, fraud or identity theft, I don't think we were thinking about that at all when we got started. If we had been worried about that, the net might have been better today, but we might not have even got there. -Bob Kahn

I never contemplated any kind of existence or identity after my career. I never thought at some point the entertainment industry is going to be through with me. And when it first occurred to me that my career was going to cease to be ascendant, then I freaked out. -Steve-O

I guess I just always imagined that I was going to die, like, somehow on top. I was going to, like, go out in some sort of blaze of glory. I never thought about sort of fading into obscurity. And I've worked so hard at having a life, an identity, in obscurity and finding peace with that. -Steve-O

Every actor has his own identity. I don't aspire to be Bond. My quest is to do something new, something different. -Abhishek Bachchan

Ann Demeulemeester is an adult brand now, with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me. -Ann Demeulemeester

When you're younger, it's hard because you're finding your identity, and then for 12 hours out of the day, you have to be a different person. So that's a tricky phase – as far as figuring who you are out and then figuring out the people that you're working with. -Hilarie Burton

The Philippines, it might be said, is a country in search of an identity. -Raymond Bonner

All young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, need someone who's got their back. -James Lecesne

The Trevor Project is committed to providing all young people, regardless of sexual identity, the opportunity to be heard and the encouragement to be themselves. -James Lecesne

I suppose my Iranian identity is one of the driving forces for being a writer: I want to set the record straight about who I really am. -Said Sayrafiezadeh

The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state's Jewish identity. The refugees' place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution. -Danny Danon

To what extent do we self-construct, do we self-invent? How do we self-identify, and how mutable is that identity? Like, what if one could be anyone at any time? Well, my characters, like the ones in my shows, allow me to play with the spaces between those questions. -Sarah Jones

Sports journalism is in the midst of an identity crisis so profound that we no longer know whether we're made up of one word or two. -Jane Leavy

The freedom to be able to offer education, human services, and health care in accordance with our own identity as a church should not be denied us simply because there may be the perception of a political majority who favors a new understanding of the American tradition of pluralism. -Donald Wuerl

Writing about identity can be like maneuvering through a minefield, even when considering contemporary figures who have discussed the subject themselves. -William J. Mann

My transactions are above board: I do not have money deposited in other accounts and have transparently declared all assets. My real wealth is, however, my experience as cofounder of Infosys and as Aadhar Chairman, which gave away 60,000 crore identity cards to people of India as promised. -Nandan Nilekani

I'm not really clear what the whole deal is with flags. I like my flag, but I wouldn't die for it. There's issues of identity, of course. That's going to always come in. I, for example, don't want to be called a 'North Britisher.' I want to be Scottish. -Eddi Reader

Iraqi national identity under Saddam Hussein never truly incorporated Shiites or Kurds. Sunnis, who identified most closely with the Iraqi nation, remain in some ways disenfranchised relative to the other groups, or at least they perceive themselves that way. -Noah Feldman

Every generation gets the Constitution that it deserves. As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity. -Noah Feldman

There are a host of ethnic minorities in China, but they often have a weak sense of identity and are relatively small in total number. History has taught the Han that other groups will and should ultimately be absorbed and assimilated as Han. There is a belief that the Han enjoy a superior and far more advanced culture. -Martin Jacques

The challenge for corporations, if offices were to become obsolete, is twofold. How will they be able to retain their distinct cultures? And how will they be able to ensure that all employees, wherever they work from, share a united identity and vision? -Noreena Hertz

I do not want to be misunderstood that you need a dose of persecution in order, really, to have a sense of your identity. Otherwise, you know, there would be no American Jews. Even if you're not strictly, fiercely Orthodox, you commit yourselves to a community of memory. -Simon Schama

I used to have a monthly cookery column, and am a big cook, so that whole sense of connecting what one does with food to one's cultural identity has always been fascinating to me. -Simon Schama

In Canada, for boys, your identity is built on hockey. It's your social position; it's everything. And I was the worst hockey player of Canada. -Denis Villeneuve

I think I started writing about identity, and I used to believe that identity is the story. But now I'm not so much subscribed to that. I mean, with 'Mr. Fox,' it has a feminist agenda as well. And so, as I sort of been away from writing about identity, I still feel that kind of tug of roots and, you know, cultural background. -Helen Oyeyemi

I dream of a free, democratic, peaceful Tunisia, a country that can protect its developing identity. -Rashid al-Ghannushi

I am an enthusiastic participant in a church, but I have never been particularly concerned with denominational identity. -Stanley Hauerwas

The perception of identity is so intimately bound up with the perception of the human form. -David Hanson

Branding is not merely about differentiating products; it is about striking emotional chords with consumers. It is about cultivating identity, attachment, and trust to inspire customer loyalty. Chinese brands score low on attributes such as 'sophisticated,' 'desirable,' 'innovative,' 'friendly,' and 'trustworthy.' -Nirmalya Kumar

The Western world is having an identity crisis. -Marianne Williamson

The true identity theft is not financial. It's not in cyberspace. It's spiritual. It's been taken. -Stephen Covey

President Obama himself has attributed the legitimacy of the Jewish State not to its historic identity as Jewish territory, but to the Holocaust. -Ben Shapiro

Even when God chose Israel, he did not create the people of Israel as he created its human members, as natural beings. Instead, God formed the people of Israel from individual human beings already living in the natural world, calling them into a new historical identity. -David Novak

Most Jews, like most rational persons, know that their personal identity and their ethnic identity are not one and the same. -David Novak

The same time I'm designing my collection, I'm also designing my store. It has to have brand awareness, an identity. I'm also designing the racks and the hangers, and juggling a lot of things. -Kelly Wearstler

In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. -Eleanor Catton

I am a New Zealander, but I don't want to swallow New Zealand identity in one gulp. -Eleanor Catton

I don't understand why women journalists always ask women about motherhood? It's far more important and interesting for women to talk about their work, their thoughts, their creativity and their individual identity. -Laetitia Casta

Citizenship rights is about making all Iranians feel they are part of one nation, one identity, under one umbrella they can feel proud of. -Hassan Rouhani

If you are trying to raise a child to be a Jew, then you have to create a sense of Jewish identity. You really weaken that sense of identity if you celebrate two religions. -Elliott Abrams

We cannot consume our way into personal growth. Yet, millions of us have bought into this cynical concept of faux identity. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

There is only one Army in which you serve. When that identity is gone, it is gone forever. -Stanley A. McChrystal

My very identity as a soldier came to an abrupt end. I'd been soldiering as long as I'd been shaving. Suddenly I'd been told I could no longer soldier, and it felt as though no one really cared if I ever shaved again. -Stanley A. McChrystal

A product is most easily sold when it has an identity. So they wrap you all up and put a label on you. And then that's what you have to be. But what I'm looking for is the opportunity to explore what I can do, probing the limits, learning. -Alan Arkin

It was weird to be married; you kind of lose your identity. You're suddenly somebody's wife. And you're like, 'Oh, I'm half of a couple now. I've lost me.' -Angelina Jolie

Enjoying fiction requires a shift in selfhood. You give up your own identity and try on the identities of other people, adopting their perspectives so as to share their experiences. This allows us to enjoy fictional events that would shock and sadden us in real life. -Paul Bloom

Every project is different. Adapting 'Robopocalypse' would be totally different than adapting, say, 'Hunger Games.' Each project has its own life and its own identity. You get into trouble when you think there's one single way to approach everything. Each project, there's a different way to attack it. -Drew Goddard

The turban is an inextricable part of the Sikh identity. Sikhs say you may take off their head but not the turban. -Preneet Kaur

Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life. -Caroline Leavitt

The majesty of the American Jewish experience is in its success marrying its unique Jewish identity with the larger, liberal values of the United States. There is no need anymore to choose between assimilation and separation. We are accepted as equals. -Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

Wimbledon 2014 will be my last slam. To be honest, I am already starting to miss professional tennis, having played at the highest level for two decades. It is what has given me my identity, and I will miss every bit of the action. The thought that I will not be playing anymore is daunting. -Mahesh Bhupathi

I had a unique circumstance in which my career was associated with George W. Bush, who went straight to the top. I went to work for him in October of 1993. So my whole identity in national politics is associated with this president, and you know, I kind of want to leave it that way. It's not tugging at me to go do the '08 cycle. -Dan Bartlett

When you use Facebook, you're always logged in, and your identity and relationships – to others, to content, to apps and services – are assets Facebook can use to customize your experience (oh, and your ads). -John Battelle

The 'old' Internet is shrinking and being replaced by walled gardens over which Google's crawlers can't climb. Sure, Google can crawl Facebook's 'public pages,' but those represent a tiny fraction of the 'pages' on Faceboo, and are not informed by the crucial signals of identity and relationship which give those pages meaning. -John Battelle

If I compared myself to my kids, they know everything, and they're like small little hackers. I feel also that my identity can be stolen; I'm very paranoid about it compared to other people in the younger generation. -Michael Nyqvist

In the '60s – and right up to the present day – the identity of a member of the British Secret Services was and is, quite rightly, a state secret. To divulge it is a crime. The Services may choose to leak a name when it pleases them. -John le Carre

As soon as you 'Botox' your smile lines away, you lose part of your identity. -Nigel Barker

We are probably the only artists in the world who have a 2,000-page book on a work of art that doesn't exist. But in this way, these projects reveal their identity through this whole process. When I'm starting, I only have the slightest idea of how the work of art will exist. -Christo

I think social networking is absolutely here to stay. Now, whether or not the label will Facebook forever, depends in part, I think, on whether Facebook wants to try to be less proprietary, be more central to the operation of defining and stewarding identity online. -Jonathan Zittrain

Your brand is your public identity, what you're trusted for. And for your brand to endure, it has to be tested, redefined, managed, and expanded as markets evolve. Brands either learn or disappear. -Lisa Gansky

'Banshee' is the story of a man who gets out of prison, tracks down his long-lost love, and tries to reclaim what was stolen from him years earlier by assuming the identity of a sheriff. I guess you could say it's an explosive action drama – sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride! -Antony Starr

I could name you a dozen superheroes whose powers I'd like to have. But if I could have any power in the world, it would be the power to read or watch a creative work and absorb the technical skill of the people who made it. Because then I could have even more fun writing. That's my core identity. I'm a writer. I just love telling stories. -Kurt Busiek

It's bad timing, but a lot of kids become teenagers just as their parents are hitting their mid-life crisis. So everybody's miserable and confused and seeking that new sense of identity. -Laurie Halse Anderson

One doesn't want one's identity coerced. -Seamus Heaney

You can have Irish identity in the north and also have your Irish passport. -Seamus Heaney

You have to find a way – and thankfully for me, it's been music – to separate yourself from the racial identity. It's not easy, and I continue to work, God bless, and I'm really, truly appreciative of it. -Utkarsh Ambudkar

I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity. I did my two-year military service; I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me. -Gal Gadot

I think that, like any art, fashion is about expression. It allows you to express yourself and your identity through what you choose to wear. -Erin Heatherton

You have a certain identity that you present to the world on Facebook, and you have a certain identity that you present with the telephone, and they are different. -Brian Acton

As kids, we say stupid things, and because there's not a record of it, nobody is going to give you a hard time at 30 years old about something you said or did when you were 8 years old. Online, you have all these social networks that are moving to a state of persistent identity, and in turn, we're sacrificing the ability to be youthful. -Christopher Poole

Countless religious innovators over the years have played the game of establishing an identity for themselves by accentuating their otherness. -Malcolm Gladwell

I love my father, but I have worked to develop a separate and distinct identity in different projects I have worked on. -Jared Kushner

When marketers influence habits, they influence peoples' self-identity. And so when a group or company does something that doesn't correspond to our core values, it feels like a betrayal. -Charles Duhigg

It was sort of an experiment to try to leave the violin. Can I be a real person without this thing? It was a big part of my identity. -Caroline Shaw

It is not possible to conceive a democratic Guatemala, free and independent, without the indigenous identity shaping its character into all aspects of national existence. -Rigoberta Menchu

At some point, when I finished school in Zurich, I suddenly realised that I was nobody. I couldn't find a shape. Everything I was had been invented. Initially, I took it to be a fundamental conflict. But today I find pleasure in accepting that this thing called 'identity' is the true invention. There's no way that it really exists. -Sophie Hunger

It's fascinating how much of our sense of attractiveness and feminine identity is bound up in our hair. -Natalie Dormer

My identity is not based on performance; it's based on something that's pre-determined by someone else, and I don't even understand what that is because I'm an African who came to America. -Toyin Odutola

Unraveling external selves and coming home to our real identity is the true meaning of soul work. -Sue Monk Kidd

Throwing off despotism and tyranny is our history and part of our national identity – something in which we can take incredible pride. -Mike Crapo

I've never been one to bow down to people who try to question my identity because I don't fit their mould of what an Aboriginal Australian is supposed to be or look like. -Shari Sebbens

For rich children, it'd be very easy and convenient never to take any steps to build an identity outside of your association with your family's wealth. -Jamie Johnson

It's very exciting to feel like a different woman with a new identity. -Trinny Woodall

Self-discovery is so important in identity processing: who you hang out with, what clothes you wear, what shows you see. As a kid, I found out about things through friends. I would go to hardcore shows with 50 people. -Steve Aoki

What is it that unites, on the left of British politics, George Orwell, Billy Bragg, Gordon Brown and myself? An understanding that identity and a sense of belonging need to be linked to our commitment to nationhood and a modern form of patriotism. -David Blunkett

For some of us, books are intrinsic to our sense of personal identity. -John Updike

Fox Interactive Media's acquisitions of Newroo and kSolo demonstrate our commitment to empowering users with interesting tools that they can use to further enhance their online experience and online identity. -Ross Levinsohn

I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father. -Michael Douglas

Teaching the history of the British Empire links in with that of the world: for better and for worse, the Empire made us what we are, forming our national identity. A country that does not understand its own history is unlikely to respect that of others. -Antony Beevor

When I first arrived in Houston, I was fascinated with the elaborate styles of cowboy boots and thought they were incredibly exotic. They also seemed to be a central part of a specifically 'Texan' identity, one distinct from being 'American.' -Shahzia Sikander

I never felt like I had anything really figured out. When I was a teenager, it was all about teenagers having an 'identity crisis.' That was the phrase that was used. But in my early 20s, I was still like, 'When am I going to be over that?' -Kim Gordon

America thrives on identity politics, left and right. But France is opposed to the idea. Since the Revolution, the French have enthroned the idea of universalism. All of us must be equal before the law as abstract individuals, and that extends to the arts. -Edmund White

I'm of that generation of Jews still deeply influenced by the Holocaust. Certainly the notion that the state power to kill can be subject to such extraordinary abuse is always lurking beneath the surface for me. Certainly my experience and identity as a Jew is there. -Scott Turow

Motherhood is more than bearing children, though it is certainly that. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits our Father gave us. -Sheri L. Dew

There is a direct relationship between how we feel about Jesus Christ and how we see ourselves. We cannot increase our devotion to the Savior without also obtaining a greater sense of purpose, identity, and conviction. -Sheri L. Dew

I did not find that writing a diary with a lead male character differed in any essential way from writing one with a female character. They all had the same challenges in terms of attempting to establish an identity, coping with loneliness, friendships, relationships. -Kathryn Lasky

It's no wonder the Tory Party opposed identity cards, since so many of them struggle to find an identity at all. -Rory Bremner

I only hope that I can regain my own identity once I decide that 'Perry Mason' and myself have come to the parting of the road. 'Perry Mason' has become a career for me… all I know is that I work, eat and sleep 'Perry Mason.' -Raymond Burr

During intervals of humanity, some disposition has been manifested to permit the return of those who have never offended, who have been banished by a terror which the government itself has reprobated, & to permit in case of arrestation, an investigation of the fact of emigration as well as of the identity of the person accus'd. -John Marshall

Unfortunately, in the north and the south of Ireland, intolerant habits are part of the fabric of emotion, part of the identity crisis which afflicts the population of the country. -Tom Paulin

When you get into the third or fourth generation of Latino immigrants to the United States, you see the kids speaking more English than Spanish, and it's important that we don't lose our identity, our language. -Thalia

With the Larry Bertlemann portrait, I started with a photograph that I could use for it. I built the drawing's identity to serve as a graphic identity. After a number of sketches, I went into my own abstract vernacular of drawn lines and shapes to create the composition for the poster design. -John Van Hamersveld

In refugee camps around the world, I met people who were gone. They were still walking around but had lost so much that they were unable to claim any sort of identity. Others I met found who they truly were, and they generally found it through service to others. They became teachers when there was no school, books or pencils. -Deborah Ellis

We never know who we are going to be until we are tested, but perhaps we can test ourselves without going to the extremes of war. Perhaps we can be kinder now, live with less now, reach out to others now – and build an inner reserve of a strong identity that will hold us up even when everything else falls away. -Deborah Ellis

I was adopted by a Salvadorian mother and a white father. Growing up having complete identity crisis. Then my search for my mother and trying to find out why I was given up, and how could a mother give up a child, then finding out the circumstances of my birth was pretty traumatizing. -Gina Prince-Bythewood

All identity labels are umbrella terms to some degree, but this term 'bisexual' is not only serviceable, but it is sufficient. And yes, it brings together a bunch of people who are maybe shades different from one another. And maybe that's the beauty of labels: that they force you to be with other people and see the difference. -Charles M. Blow

Adapting to our Second Adulthood is not all about the money. It requires thinking about how to find a new locus of identity or how to adjust to a spouse who stops working and who may loll, enjoying coffee and reading the paper online while you're still commuting. -Gail Sheehy

We don't need bigger cars or fancier clothes. We need self-respect, identity, community, love, variety, beauty, challenge and a purpose in living that is greater than material accumulation. -Donella Meadows

The tendency is to think if you are a professional woman, it's because you've turned your back on the traditional side. The tendency is not to recognize that we can excel as professionals without giving up our identity of being mother, wife and homemaker. -Lucille Roybal-Allard

All women, and men of color – we were owned like tables and chairs. We spent a hundred years getting a legal identity as human beings. That's a big thing. -Gloria Steinem

I like to make things. It's been part of my identity since I was a kid. -Bre Pettis

We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there. -Frank Delaney

If you are an investor, I hope that you will stay with me for three, four, ten years. But if you ask me to make profits in ways that I have to change my allure, I won't do that. I won't lose my identity. -Brunello Cucinelli

In a way, our family is our modern identity. -Susanne Bier

My mom would have different fragrances for different times of the year. They were a part of her identity. I don't remember the specific ones she used, but I remember the bottles. -Blake Lively

In addition to exploring imaginative worlds, I believe that young people should have access to reading material that validates their life, that gives them a sense of identity – to be able to read texts that chimes with their own world, corrals thoughts, and connects with the emotional conflicts of growing up. -Theresa Breslin

When we really start searching for the truth in stories, we can find it everywhere, not just in sincere confessions but in the deliberate lies and imagined possibilities, the magic and fantasy, and all the other unreal elements that go into the concoction of identity. -Joanna Scott

I was actually under a lot of heaviness when I was younger. I thought of myself as an old soul. I was very obsessed with death. Basically, I didn't really have a youth – I sublimated all that into my identity and my music. -Ariel Pink

I find it difficult to believe that Redditors don't understand that anonymity online is merely a facade; indeed, it's probably one of the reasons that revealing the identity of pseudonymous Redditors is looked on as such a huge betrayal. -John Scalzi

Often, I think, displaced people imagine themselves leading double lives. So a portion of my identity has always been privately siphoned into what would have been if I had stayed in Wisconsin. -Mona Simpson

What supposedly bound that Commonwealth together was a mysterious shared identity – Britishness. -Richard Flanagan

The European Union arose on an economic foundation, and it turns out that even this is not a solid base. Cultural identity has been neglected. -Gunter Grass

After 'A Good Day to Die Hard,' I had a bit of an identity crisis as far as where I wanted to place myself in the business. When it's all new and fresh, there is a lot of pressure to know what you represent, and I didn't really get that. -Jai Courtney

I think female solitude is a mental condition as well as a physical state. You can be married and a spinster. I think spinster is an identity every woman can claim, if she will… I feel like a lot of women, or a lot of feminists, joke about taking to the sea or living alone in a cottage as this kind of fun freedom. -Daniel Mallory Ortberg

I usually start from the most general to the more specific. I'll get an emotional overview for the film as a whole, trying to pinpoint what the musical identity is and come up with thematic ideas – any ideas that identify as succinctly as possible what the film is. -Marco Beltrami

I think of each movie as a puzzle. The fun is in solving the puzzle: finding a musical identity for the picture, however that can be summed up. -Marco Beltrami

I'm learning how to keep my identity and personal life sacred. It's a matter of knowing my limits. I don't have to give everything that's asked of me. -Mary Lambert

As others have recently suggested, the term 'gamer' is no longer useful as an identity because games are for everyone. These days, even my mom spends an inordinate amount of time gaming on her iPad. So I'll take a cue from my younger self and say I don't care about being a 'gamer,' but I sure do love video games. -Anita Sarkeesian

I've always had the wish, the nostalgia to be able to write detective novels. At heart, the principal themes of detective novels are close to the things that obsess me: disappearance, the problems of identity, amnesia, the return to an enigmatic past. -Patrick Modiano

I've had a very full and lovely career so far, and I can't honestly say that I've ever really found myself in a man's world, struggling for an identity or trying to prove something. -Kate Winslet

The idea is that in any situation, people have a notion as to who they are and how they should behave. And if you don't behave according to your identity, you pay a cost. -George Akerlof

A racial or religious or tribal identity is a kind of fact. -Gore Vidal

In classical times, it was a capital offense to speculate upon the hour of a king's death or upon the identity of his successor. -Gore Vidal

I was born alone, I'm gonna die alone. I have my own identity. I'm my own person, and no two people are the same. -ASAP Ferg

I think it's important to keep your own identity when you've got a baby. -Abbey Clancy

I think I lost my sense of identity when I was married. I know I did. And it took me a very long time to regain it and find out who I was. -Pattie Boyd

One of the great difficulties as you rise up through an organisation is that your prior competencies are exploded and broken apart by the territory you've been promoted into: the field of human identity. -David Whyte

The process of establishing the identity of passport applicants needs to be strengthened by introducing a requirement for some applicants to attend a passport office in person. -Des Browne

With the enhancements to the security of the passport document itself that biometric technology will bring, it is time to make equivalent enhancements to the process of establishing identity before issuing passports. -Des Browne

As for my identity within the context of New York nightlife? I left in the '90s, so I'm not part of the scene anymore. I'll always be interested in what's happening downtown, and I try and keep up with the changing faces on social media. -James St. James

God can desire to enter into a relationship with us; he can be drawn to some aspect of our identity. -Meir Soloveichik

The Network Generation are secure in, and proud of, their Scottishness. Unlike my generation that grew up in the '80s, they don't see our sense of identity as under threat. -Douglas Alexander

I don't feel like my films are about gender; they are about identity – but a different slant on identity. -Lisa Cholodenko

The simple truth of our finiteness is that we could, by whatever means, go on interminably only at the price of either losing the past and, therewith, our identity, or living only in the past and therefore without a real present. We cannot seriously wish either and thus not a physical enduring at that price. -Hans Jonas

The body of work I create combines traditional storylines and postmodern narrative strategies to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics and conflict, as well as the push towards – and resistance against – modernization. -Aman Mojadidi

I don't want to paint rainbows: I want to make art that disturbs identity and challenges authority. -Aman Mojadidi

For a bird, especially for the more musically inventive, song is the defining characteristic, the primary way by which it knows itself and is known by others. To lose its species song is to lose not just its identity but some part of its presence in the world. -John Burnside

Try to imagine a character like Batman whose whole life has been about fighting crime, whose whole existence and identity is his war against criminals, and he wakes up one morning to discover there are no criminals. What happens to him? -Marc Guggenheim

One of the things that I am learning is that each generation will have its own negotiations with identity. And one generation can not necessarily help the other generation with it. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

It is particularly pleasing to see how purely basic research, originally aimed at testing the genetic identity of different cell types in the body, has turned out to have clear human health prospects. -John Gurdon

The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life. -Wayne Dyer

One identity is as a television writer, which is very classically Southern California, but another of my personae is as a New Yorker cartoonist. -Bruce Eric Kaplan

I really didn't grow up religious, and I didn't grow up acknowledging my Muslim identity. For me, I was a British Pakistani. -Maajid Nawaz

My upbringing was completely liberal from the start. In fact, I didn't even have a Muslim identity. -Maajid Nawaz

Not all Muslims wish to express themselves in public through a communal religious identity. Identities are multiple, and some may wish to speak instead just as citizens in their professional capacity, through their political party, or their neighborhood body. -Maajid Nawaz

In the United Kingdom, we need to promote an inclusive British identity that involves and empowers people from all ethnic and faith backgrounds. -Maajid Nawaz

My identity comprises of more than just my faith. I am a proud Muslim, but I am also a liberal, a Briton, a Pakistani, a Londoner, a father, a product of the globalised world who speaks English, Arabic and Urdu. -Maajid Nawaz

I personally really sympathise with the Maori cause – what's gone on historically and their struggle today as a culture, and how they hold on to that identity and stand up for what's rightfully theirs. -Martin Henderson

If you go back all the way to the 1920s, filmmakers in Hollywood changed the identity of villains from German to Russian. -Evan Osnos

I'm not a fan of identity politics. -Nicolle Wallace

There was no United States before slavery. I am sure somebody can make some sort of argument about modern French identity and slavery and North Africa, but there simply is no American history before black people. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

I think as an actor… I don't like to compare a character to anybody else, just because I respect other people's work, and I want that character to have his own identity. -Michael Mando

CNN's problem goes to its very core and to the identity it's sought ever since the rise of Fox News, on its right: CNN is the channel for people who don't want to watch the other channels! That's a stupid strategy. -Alex Pareene

I wanted to write a story about colonization and about Hawaii. I went to college right at the height of identity politics, and that's how I always read 'The Tempest,' for example. -Hanya Yanagihara

Publishing is a business, and I completely understand it. But when you don't have to depend on writing for your identity or your income, you can do whatever you want. -Hanya Yanagihara

I think I passed up a lot of opportunities for love because I was too interested in identity politics. -Hanya Yanagihara

No one anticipates divorce when they're exchanging vows, and it can be devastating emotionally and financially. To ease the financial side of the blow, you need to maintain your financial identity in your relationship. That means having your own credit history – you need your own credit card – and your own savings and retirement accounts. -Jean Chatzky

Religion and culture are two important ways in which we as humans find our identity. That's certainly true for me. -Gene Luen Yang

I've tried to write from my own understanding of identity in all my comics, whether it's about superheroes or historical conflicts or monkey gods. -Gene Luen Yang

Every superhero has this superhero identity and a civilian identity. A lot of their lives are about code switching. -Gene Luen Yang

I like the idea of a world, even within a big giant city, where you're not anonymous. You have an identity, and that's an identity that's known just sort of by shopkeepers. I felt that as a kid, and I loved it. -Rebecca Stead

I'm always thinking about identity. And the middle-school years are a time of exploring questions about who you are and who you want to be. For the first time, you see the world in a broader sense. -Rebecca Stead

I've been uncomfortable dealing with my identity since I was 16 years old. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I have a lot of respect for all the artists I get compared to, even if, as an artist, you prefer to have your own identity. -Brittany Howard

Portland hardly got to have an identity before that identity became a joke – I live in a joke. Seattle at least got to wear out its identity before it became a joke. -Isaac Brock

Hate crimes are different from other crimes. They strike at the heart of one's identity – they strike at our sense of self, our sense of belonging. The end result is loss – loss of trust, loss of dignity, and in the worst case, loss of life. -James Comey

I knew from an early age that people didn't see the different sides of me. I formulated a kind of bi-cultural identity quite early, and I was always very comfortable with it, but I knew people didn't quite see that. -Gurinder Chadha

I'm concerned that Islam has not just been politicised but that it's becoming an identity. This is like turning religion into a football match; it's a distraction from the real thing. -Leila Aboulela

I definitely don't think of myself as someone identified by region. It's too far-flung a region, for starters, and southern New Mexico is very isolated. I wouldn't think of my identity as generational, either, but maybe as more stylistic, in the school of realism and domestic issues. -Antonya Nelson

Every project has to stand on its own. It's a different identity within each project, and I feel like that's the way it should be. -Vince Staples

I am proud to state that every national Jewish organization we support enforces non-discrimination practices around sexual orientation and that more than 70 percent have written policies in place covering gender identity and expression. -Lynn Schusterman

I'm dying to fool around with the distance between Selina Kyle and Catwoman. And, you know, the whole double identity thing is endlessly fascinating. I mean, you can always find another riff for it. -Ann Nocenti

I know the dangers and the seductions of the Middle East. It is part of my identity. I grew up among a people who routinely referred to the creation of the State of Israel as the Nakba – the catastrophe. And yet I fell in love with and married a Jewish American woman, the only daughter of two Holocaust survivors, both Jewish Austrians. -Kai Bird

I don't care if you marry someone who works at the grocery store or someone who is a director of a company; everyone should have their own identity. -Khloe Kardashian

So many people go through life, and they never deal with their own issues, no matter what the issues are – ours happen to be gender identity. But, how many people go through life and just waste an entire life 'cause they'd never deal with themselves to be who they are. -Caitlyn Jenner

I have struggled with identity all my life. It's not like something that just happened last week. -Caitlyn Jenner

Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to… But gender identity is who you are in your soul. -Caitlyn Jenner

I didn't read much SF as a kid – I was a total Tolkien geek – but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large. -Elizabeth Hand

When your identity is found in Christ, your identity never changes. You are always a child of God. -Tim Tebow

I think it's also important for people to really see that your identity doesn't come just from what you do but who you are. My relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing to me. Because of that, I don't have to change whether I am one of the most popular guys in football. -Tim Tebow

Whether straight, gay, bi, trans… body image and identity can be a struggle for us all. -Ruby Rose

Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog. -Amity Gaige

And we should be a welcoming nation. Our identity is not based on race or ethnicity, it's based on a set of shared values. That's American citizenship. -Jeb Bush

A lot of our insights are based on the ways in which people spend time at museums. They're curious, open, interested, and engaging. They want to express themselves and see their own identity refracted through the museum's. -Jake Barton

I feel like elements of race and identity and ethnicity are sort of missing in all of literature, not just in women's literature. -Cristina Henriquez

Who among us is so certain of our identity? Who hasn't been asked, 'What's your background?' and hesitated, even for a split second, to answer their inquisitor. Howard Jacobson's 'The Finkler Question' forces us to ask that of ourselves, and that's why it's a must read, no matter what your background. -David Sax

If you're always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden. -Mark Zuckerberg

One of the things that we're trying to do with Creative Labs and all our experiences is explore things that aren't all tied to Facebook identity. Some things will be, but not everything will have to be, because there are some sets of experiences that are just better with other identities. -Mark Zuckerberg

You can use your real identity, or you can use phone numbers for something like WhatsApp, and pseudonyms for something like Instagram. But in any of those you're not just sharing and consuming content, you are also building relationships with people and building an understanding of people. -Mark Zuckerberg

When Facebook was getting started, nothing used real identity – everything was anonymous or pseudonymous – and I thought that real identity should play a bigger part than it did. -Mark Zuckerberg

People call me a whole lot of things, but above anything else, I'm a fighter, and it's going to be hard to accept an identity without that. -Ronda Rousey

I was determined to create my own identity. My first hits, in fact, were straight-up rhythm and blues. My voice was compared to Aretha Franklin's – though, for my money, no one compares to Aretha. -Natalie Cole

For decades, my identity was political, but I've come to understand that there's no political solution when you're dealing with someone else's rules. -John Trudell

The whole point is to take from our native culture and from contemporary culture without using one art form to mimic the other, so that our native identity remains the native identity, the contemporary identity remains the contemporary identity, and the mixing of these two musical identities creates a third musical identity. -John Trudell

Glam really did plant seeds for a new identity. I think a lot of kids needed that – that sense of reinvention. Kids learned that however crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be. -David Bowie

Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity. -David Bowie

I was raised to respect women, and I really like them to be strong, independent, and have their own identity. My parents are still together, and I grew up with a lot of love, and I feel that kids imitate what they have at home. -Albert Hammond, Jr.

Our democratic system, national identity, and international space must be respected. Any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations. -Tsai Ing-wen

'Lost' seems to be the inverse of 'Air': It explores dispossession and identity by forcing a bunch of people into one invented landscape instead of using many invented landscapes to keep people apart. -G. Willow Wilson

I think my identity as a 'conservative' is entirely inherited. People see the name Buckley, and they think 'conservative.' -Christopher Buckley

The appeal of perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity. -Mary Gaitskill

'Solomon Creed' is a man who knows everything about everything but nothing about himself and is on a journey of redemption to try and reclaim his identity. -Simon Toyne

I have a very strong identity that connects me to Argentina and to Latin America, but at the same time, I have a deep connection to the music from the United States and music from Europe, too. -Gustavo Santaolalla

I do not deny my German identity. But I also feel Swiss. Of my eight great-grandparents, seven were born Swiss. I have been living in Switzerland for more than 50 years. -Klaus Schwab

Environmental pollution, terrorism, and many other global threats do not stop at borders. We all bear global responsibility and thus need a global identity to enable us to cope with them. We must learn to integrate different levels of identity in ourselves. What matters is not either/or, but both/and. -Klaus Schwab

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can compromise humanity's traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, and identity – or it can lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness based on a sense of shared destiny. The choice is ours. -Klaus Schwab

Everyone reads Harper Lee personally. For me, 'Mockingbird' was about admitting my own hyphenated identity – about loving and hating my world, about both belonging and not belonging to the community I came from. -Margaret Stohl

Niaqornat particularly seemed to offer a heightened version of a story being played out across the world about traditional communities' struggle for survival and their attempts to renegotiate their identity in the face of modern life. -Sarah Gavron

Modern art, in particular, seems especially vulnerable to fraud. Its abstractions are sometimes difficult to understand or grasp, and a modern painting is often loved less because of its intrinsic quality – its beauty, as conventionally understood – than because of the identity of the painter, its mark of social status. -Peter Landesman

I never thought of myself as special or particularly good at anything. But once I started ballet, suddenly I had a new identity: prodigy. -Misty Copeland

The weakness in traditional Scottish nationalism lay in its own inability to grasp that identity could not be the only factor in the march to independence. -Tariq Ali

Scotland's political identity was destroyed, and a huge Scottish emigration to North America followed the brutal Highland clearances. These included every layer of Scottish society, not just the remnants of the defeated clans. -Tariq Ali

I really feel that Hong Kong is my home, and Hong Kong is my identity as an actor. -Daniel Wu

My hats did give me an identity. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time someone has seen me bareheaded and said, 'I almost didn't recognize you without a hat on', I could have bought the Cowboys myself. -Tom Landry

I keep wondering who defends Quebec identity: who defends sovereignty, the right of the people to express themselves freely. -Marine Le Pen

I live on the margin of just about everything. I'm a marginal person, and I think that is where I've become comfortable. I'm marginally there in my native life. I can do as much as I can, but I'm always German, too, you know, and I'm always a mother. That's my first identity, but I'm always a writer, too. -Louise Erdrich

Sharpton and Jackson are 'race brokers.' Their job is to define black identity and then keep blacks in line to vote to the highest Democratic bidder that serves their purposes. 'Black enough' is just another tool in the bamboozler's toolbox. -Angela McGlowan

Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American. -Peter Thiel

It is great filming in London. It's difficult, but it looks good. It has its own identity. -Sean Bean

Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter's identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing. -Fernando Botero

You have to find an identity that's true to yourself. You really have to find your own voice. -Princess Beatrice of York

While all doctors treat diseases, neurosurgeons' work is the crucible of identity. Every operation on the brain is, by necessity, a manipulation of the substance of our selves. -Paul Kalanithi

Before operating on a patient's brain… I must first understand his mind: his identity, his values, what makes his life worth living, and what devastation makes it reasonable to let that life end. -Paul Kalanithi

Berlin is all about volatility. Its identity is based not on stability but on change. -Rory MacLean

To my astonishment, everything that I had assumed was now questioned by the findings. What started off as a search for identity that appeared to be purely Scottish in origin ended up as a discovery of my migrant roots – indeed an understanding that almost all of our families, at some stage, have been migrants – and my European roots. -Gordon Brown

I feel very grateful for the way I was brought up. I did not realise it then, but as I grew older and started writing and realised the material that was there was very strong, I felt very grateful that my life was complicated and that my identity was never clear but put me in a position that was always questioned. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Language and identity are so fundamentally intertwined. You peel back all the layers in terms of what we wear and what we eat and all the things that mark us, and in the end, what we have are our words. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece – just different elements of belonging and not-belonging. -Jhumpa Lahiri

I don't feel we need to be independent for me to feel confident in my Scottish identity. I think Scotland is pretty comfortable in its identity. We won't need independence to preserve it… if we don't become independent, it won't disappear; it isn't under existential threat. -Nicola Sturgeon

I have one identity, and that's Israeli and Jewish. I don't view myself as an American citizen. -Naftali Bennett

I wanted to participate in the political responsibilities of an American citizen. I wanted to vote. I wanted to be a full member of the American community. I made America my home country. It's my identity in many ways. -Sebastian Thrun

I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish culture. -Itzhak Perlman

None of the people I grew up with had identity problems. We all had perfectly marvelous lives. -Eileen Ford

Up until 1920, women couldn't vote. Until 1974, married women couldn't get their own credit cards or, in some cases, their own loans. Basically, the husband's professional, social, and economic identity covered the individual identity of the wife. -Rebecca Traister

As a young writer, I questioned the idea that I had to write fiction in a world where I could write my own ethnicity only and nothing else. 'Fach' to me was a little like that. As a biracial person, that's an inherently unstable identity. -Alexander Chee

There is a fundamental notion at the core of American identity that, in this country, any little boy or girl can grow up to be president. -R. J. Cutler

I think what is important, whether you are Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, is to embrace and own your identity. I think that's not political. That's good in life, and it certainly is the best way to be when you are running for office. If you don't do that, the voters will see through it. -Joel Benenson

I did imitations of anyone who came to my parents' house, and that was my identity at school – if there were ten minutes to lunch, and the teacher was done with the lesson, he'd say, 'Okay, Leo, get up there and do something.' -Leonardo DiCaprio

My identity was tangled up in the parts that I had played since I was a child. I would go through my closet and only see audition clothes: Brie looking older, Brie looking '60s, Brie looking '40s, Brie looking younger in the future. -Brie Larson

A highly visible, shared identity can help bring activists from different backgrounds together with a common sense of purpose and push for change more effectively – from the global stage to within their own communities and families. -Efua Dorkenoo

What is your identity, and how do you know who you are if you don't have language? -T. C. Boyle

Republicans today have given the country conservatism in the spirit of Sarah Palin, whose ignorance about the world, contempt for expertise, and raw appeals to white identity politics presaged Trump's incendiary campaign. -George Packer

We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them. -James Comey

Each game in the postseason has its own identity. -Peyton Manning

I always tell young film-makers, 'Find the song that only you can sing.' It doesn't just come to you. It's trial and error and disappointment before you find, slowly but surely, the confidence to express your film-making identity. -Paul Greengrass

One of the reasons why I created the podcast called the 'The Call-In' that we do through Array – because as a black artist, every time I sit down with mainstream media, I'm asked about issues of race, identity and culture. No one asked what they ask my white male counterparts, which is: 'Where do you like to put the camera?' -Ava DuVernay

Especially when we're dealing with issues of race, culture, identity, and history, the time has passed for the 'white savior' holding the black person's hand through their own history. -Ava DuVernay

Actors, who have no real sense of who they are or what they want, have long known that not just their gender but every aspect of their identity is on a spectrum. They can be anything they are asked to be. They aspire to a protean state, shape-shifting like high summer clouds. -Tom Hollander

I feel that its important for me to be out there and to represent the face. At the same time, for me as an individual, I think the Asian-American face can be crowded with the American identity. -Awkwafina

I think rap in general allows you to be more lyrically expressive. It's a lot easier to state your identity, as opposed to with a guitar making all these weird metaphors. -Awkwafina

Practically everyone I know now is from a middle- or upper-middle-class background, and I no longer have the huge chip on my shoulder that I carried around for so many years. I'm not sure it comes out much in the work, but coming from this kind of background is absolutely central to my identity, to my sense of who I am. -Geoff Dyer

I guess I've always had a – not really thought of myself as this big star, big identity in the game. -Sonny Bill Williams

HB2 discriminates against fellow citizens because of who they are. This law directly challenges the legitimacy of the identity of transgender persons and then compels them to deny it every time they use a public restroom. -Ted Olson

I think people crave those meaningful situations, stuff about faith, identity, dilemmas of live paradoxes in our souls. It's going back to a time where lives were really defined by history, and also how you behave in the face of history. It's kind of interesting to go back to that simpler humanity, simpler but deeper. -Pawel Pawlikowski

Tons of musicians who I love are imprisoned by their identity. That can be totally fine because they are so amazing in their technique, but for me, I'm a little too restless for that. -Jason Moran

Teenagers are philosophers. They are thinking about the big things like existence and identity at a time when their identities are changing so fast. -Matt Haig

Educated women armed with computers have defeated extremists by denying them a monopoly to define cultural identity and interpret religious texts. No extremist can say that women are inferior to men without being made a laughingstock on Al Jazeera. Islam insisted on equality between everyone. -Fatema Mernissi

To understand the fanatic rejection of women's liberation in the Muslim world, one has to take into account the time factor. Most of us educated women have illiterate mothers. The conservative wave against women in the Muslim world is a defense mechanism against profound changes in both sex roles and the touchy subject of sexual identity. -Fatema Mernissi

I guess it's because I do have a younger audience that, you know, parents worry about the role model thing. But when I was younger, I looked up to people, but I never wanted to be them. I always had my own identity. I'm an entertainer when I'm on stage, and they need to explain that to their kids. That's not my job to do that. -Britney Spears

Public schooling fosters our common identity as Americans sharing a land of diversity. It promotes the American ideal of opportunity for all, not just some. It cultivates the civic values of respecting individuals as well as collective responsibility. -Randi Weingarten

I'm an actor. Since I was a teenager, I have had to play different characters, negotiating the cultural expectations of a Pakistani family, Brit-Asian rudeboy culture, and a scholarship to private school. The fluidity of my own personal identity on any given day was further compounded by the changing labels assigned to Asians in general. -Riz Ahmed

Whether you look at 'Glee' and its normalization of gay identity or you look at the work of Martin Scorsese and the Italian-American community, American culture is able to take these stories, which are seen as marginalized, and just turn them into American stories. And you don't think twice about it. -Riz Ahmed

I think for women, especially women of colour, hair has so much to do with our identity and our confidence levels. I've made a conscious choice after growing up and feeling insecure and trying to achieve this look that actually wasn't me, where I've finally stopped relaxing my hair and went back to my natural texture. -Jillian Hervey

The characters that I'm typically drawn to are sensitive men who are experiencing some sense of identity crisis or growth in their life that they don't know how to overcome. -Billy Crudup

There is nothing settled about a poet's identity. The becoming doesn't stop because the being has been achieved. They proceed together, attached in ways that are hard to be exact about. -Eavan Boland

The nineteenth century, especially the second half of it, was a time of restatement in Ireland. After the famine, after the failed rebellions of the Forties and Sixties, the cultural and political desires for self-determination began to shape each other in a series of riffs on independence and identity. -Eavan Boland

If I'd been born into a hearing family and went to a public school, I would have probably felt much more isolated, and being deaf would have become my identity. -Nyle DiMarco

Since I knew my deaf identity since birth, it wasn't hard for me to be comfortable, confident, and independent in a hearing world. -Nyle DiMarco

Own your identity. Love who you are in the world. Love your deafness. -Nyle DiMarco

Seriously, I don't find not being able to hear an obstacle or a boundary. For me, and for many of us, it is an advantage, and it's a part of my identity, in fact. It's a huge part of who I am. -Nyle DiMarco

Every kid has a laptop; everyone can make music, so in order to stand out, I think it's important to find that sonic identity, I think my sonic identity – and mine is finding these weird sounds that may not necessarily sound that musical, and make them sound musical. -Flume

I would say that one of the hardest things for an athlete, and really anybody of any profession, is that we create our identity in what we do. -Benjamin Watson

Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly for the Lord and not for man, because our true identity is in Him. -Benjamin Watson

Make sure you know your identity is in Christ, so that when you get laid off from your job, or when you get a raise from your job, or when things don't go right, you're not up and down, up and down. -Benjamin Watson

One thing I struggled with early in my career was the delicate balance between my performance and my identity. When things on the field went well, I was cheerful and felt important. When things went poorly, my countenance and self-concept plummeted, and I was not pleasant to be around. -Benjamin Watson

To avoid the trap of Europe fragmenting on the economy, security, and identity, we have to return to the original promises of the European project: peace, prosperity and freedom. We should have a real, adult, democratic debate about the Europe we want. -Emmanuel Macron

A lot of groups spend their whole cultural and aesthetic identity trying to move away from Africa, which I think is a mistake. One of the reasons I love Cuba and cultures like that is because they're not trying to move away from their African roots, they're trying to embrace them. That's part of the culture. -Arturo O'Farrill

Who are we? Whom do we want to become? How do we perceive ourselves? How do we want to be perceived? These questions of identity are often at the core of our own internal struggles. Resolve them, and you are closer to being free. -David Ebershoff

I wonder if some artists determine their entire identity through that which they create. How dangerous! Imagine if they were to stop creating! -Josh Malerman

You're supported by everything in New York if you want to be a performing artist. You come here, you can change your name. You leave home, you come here, you're severed from family obligations – the old identity drops away as soon as you come to New York because you're coming to New York, if you're an artist, to be someone else. -Margo Jefferson

Who, adult or child, is Michael Jackson truly close to? What and who is he trying to flee? What's the nature of the psychic damage he has so clearly sustained? I suspect his racial identity is more a byproduct of that damage than the primal cause. -Margo Jefferson

National identity is something that's directly connected to our personal experiences and the decisions we make, the roads we decide to take at certain points in our life. -Miguel Zenon

In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self. -Eckhart Tolle

The Euro-bureaucrats are destroying every bit of national identity and individuality. -Victoria Beckham

For my wife and I, for so many years, a lot of our identity was based on being Hollywood haters. We were like, 'We're east-coast. We're New Yorkers. This is just a place that we have to come to, but not by choice.' -Kevin Bacon

Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that's what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent colour, devoid of depth and stuck in the middle? I certainly didn't. -Meghan Markle

Make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You push for colour-blind casting; you draw your own box. You introduce yourself as who you are, not what colour your parents happen to be. -Meghan Markle

When at the CIA, I was fond of saying that many jihadis join the movement for the same reasons that young Americans join the Crips and the Bloods: youthful alienation, the need to belong to something greater than self, the search for meaningful identity. But it also matters what gang you join. -Michael Hayden

The thing that keeps me being a performer is my interest in society's obsession with identity, because I'm not sure that I really believe identity exists. -Tilda Swinton

I think it's the most wonderful thing in the world to have an identity, something the audience can remember you for. -Norm Crosby

I go to the gym and work through a routine. But if you see someone with a personal trainer, you know they do 10 times more than you do. You give up your sense of identity. If you watch 'The Biggest Loser,' you see people give up their identity to become something else. -Irvine Welsh

Stories are one of the means by which a culture preserves its identity. -Edward Zwick

If you tell me your name and date of birth, that's all I need to steal your identity. -Frank Abagnale

The truth is, your identity already has been stolen. -Frank Abagnale

We should be very concerned: if identity theft is so simple to do, what's to stop me from entering this country and assuming the identity of someone else for the sole purpose of living here illegally for terrorist reasons? That alone would be a concern. -Frank Abagnale

It's really frustrating when you're an identity-theft victim, and you go to the police and you say, 'This guy in Florida, he stole my name and got a credit card – this is his address,' and they say, 'We don't have jurisdiction in Florida. You need to go to the FBI.' -Frank Abagnale

It's amazing how much information we share in social media, then we wonder why people steal our identity. -Frank Abagnale

You should know, whether you live in the U.S. or in the U.K., that your identity has already been stolen. -Frank Abagnale

I have never witnessed, nor will I live long enough to witness, a more simplistic crime than me stealing your identity. -Frank Abagnale

The experience of being a mixed person is all over the place – one of my best friends is Chinese and Italian; my other best friend is Lebanese and Trinidadian. The mix of heritage, culture or identity is something that our country is built on. -Tracee Ellis Ross

When President Barack Obama is trying to persuade Americans not to do something, he has a go-to line: 'That's not who we are.' Whether the issue involves discrimination, immigration, torture, criminal violence or health care, he invokes the nation's very identity. -Cass Sunstein

Donald Trump may not speak explicitly of 'who we are,' but with his promise to make America great again, he engages in his own kind of identity politics, signaling that the nation has lost its sense of self. That gets to people. -Cass Sunstein

My faith and my identity as a Muslim – I never saw it as something that made my job harder. It's just an aspect of who I am. -Keith Ellison

Republicans do not believe in identity politics. -Jeff Sessions

I become very territorial about my identity because it's been hijacked by so many people with their own projections. -Ruth Negga

In terms of 'Beyond the Lights' and 'Belle,' they're definitely stories about identity. They're female empowerment stories. So I'm exploring that through my work. -Gugu Mbatha-Raw

I think being biracial is a different experience. I think that, and coming from the U.K., I feel as much white as I do black. And so it's really important for me to address these issues of identity in my work. But also, you know, we're always stronger when we work on, you know, what we have in common. And I love exploring that in my work. -Gugu Mbatha-Raw

I think it's always natural for children to rebel against their parents and establish their own identity. And also, I think parents get invested in, you know, doing the right thing? And so their anxiety about being good parents might, in a way, affect a relationship negatively. -Jewell Parker Rhodes

Israeli independence – what we Arabs call al-Naqba, 'The Catastrophe' – it created Palestinian identity more than anything else. -Sayed Kashua

I don't like identity. We accept identities in Israel. We make them holy. But what does identity really mean? -Sayed Kashua

Many Israelis are educating their kids in a very nationalist, powerful identity, since kindergarten – and the Arabs as well. -Sayed Kashua

We were, as Arabs in Israel, educated not to leave our villages, in order to protect our identity. -Sayed Kashua

The culinary tradition in my family is very strong. My mother, a very wise woman, spent the better part of her life in a kitchen. It's a very strong part of her identity. I grew up there next to the fire. -Laura Esquivel

Most of the wrestling happens in the South, so I had to ask myself how I was going to be received as a Jewish boy named Goldberg. Then again, I have never, nor would I ever, hide my Jewish identity. -Bill Goldberg

In my early shows, I wanted to put myself through a new childhood, disintegrating my whole identity to let the real one emerge. -Jeff Buckley

Stories about race and identity pique my interest for obvious reasons. That's in my body, my brain, my history, my memories – it's all part of my toolbox as an actor. -Ruth Negga

People have always made assumptions about me. I become very territorial about my identity because it's been hijacked by so many people with their own projections. -Ruth Negga

I think songwriting was the biggest way that I found my identity. -Camila Cabello

There is a real danger of the United Kingdom breaking up. There is a loss of common identity. -Norman Davies

Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. -Viktor Orban

It would be a sad story to get rid of religious belief, national identity, family, and even sexual identity. That's not freedom. -Viktor Orban

I have more of an identity with Cowher than I do Tomlin. I knew Cowher when he came over from Kansas City as a defensive coordinator, and his teams were tough. Tomlin came in from Minnesota, and I didn't know anything about him. So maybe it's unfair for me to make the comparison. -Terry Bradshaw

I no longer get into stupid thought wormholes about identity and stuff. At one time, I did have some impostor syndrome about acting, but then I remembered I've been doing this since I was little, actually. -Tavi Gevinson

My identity started developing through the songs I was writing. -Banks

Panama is a country that's been dealing with issues of identity since its very birth. It was born on Wall Street. It was born out of engineering construction. It was the canal. Because of the canal, the country was born, so the country has been divided into pro-canal and against-canal people for so long. -Edgar Ramirez

People forget who they are; they always remain with an identity which is not the real self. It is just a projected self which does not exist, but they identify with this projected self appearance. -Lobsang Tenzin

In my early shows, I wanted to put myself through a new childhood, disintegrating my whole identity to let the real one emerge. I became a human jukebox, learning all these songs I'd always known, discovering the basics of what I do. The cathartic part was in the essential act of singing. -Jeff Buckley

When you drive, you can kind of put your identity aside in the passenger's seat because you're not being watched, and you can just be the watcher. -Ryan Gosling

I didn't necessarily intend it for myself, but it just happens with Instagram and Twitter; people come up to me and call me Emrata; they don't call me Emily. That's my brand, my identity. -Emily Ratajkowski

The attitude and identity that we want to play with doesn't change. -Dan Quinn

For the outside world, it may seem easy to enter into the industry if you belong to a film family, but, trust me, it's even harder, as you have to not only prove your talent but also carve your own niche and identity. -Armaan Malik

When you have your own identity as a singer, you don't have competition. -Armaan Malik

If you want to participate in life, you have to deny your identity. -August Wilson

Media is not supporting me. They're saying that I want to marry Imran Khan, but I'm already married. This is wrong. What about my self-worth? My identity? I am a social media sensation. I am a fashion icon. -Qandeel Baloch

The gratifying part of my journey is no one calls me a star child or a superstar's wife anymore. I think I have grown beyond that and have my own identity. -Twinkle Khanna

When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost – loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity that I experienced in my own life – and you've been able to face the demons that have haunted you… I appreciate everything that I have. -David Cassidy

I'm not trying to be flippant here, but I just play the guitar, don't I? That is my characteristic, and it's my identity as you hear it. -Jimmy Page

My life has been devoted to the upliftment of the Filipino by reestablishing his identity and dignity. -Ferdinand Marcos

When I came to MSNBC, its identity as the place for politics was growing. -Tamron Hall

Different identity groups hold specific levels of power over others when their battles play out in the media. To wit: Black beats white. Gay beats white. Black beats gay. -Andrew Breitbart

For a long time, I felt like my identity was to fight. My identity was to be a world champion. That almost defined me. -Dominick Cruz

The education ministry files suit every time there is a case of identity fraud. -Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Coming out as a gay man, it was very much about finding my own identity and dealing with labeling. -John Cameron Mitchell

I hold strongly to my identity as a Chicago artist and want to do whatever I can to participate in creating a strong community here so that artists don't feel pressure to move somewhere else to succeed. -Jamila Woods

For years, I kept the two separate: Michael Horse the artist and Michael Horse the actor. I like the acting, but I'm an artist; that's my identity. -Michael Horse

I think that our work and our music stands on its own without this knowledge about our identity around it. But I also think that we very consciously decided not to hold back that part of ourselves, but to be very vocal about who we are, kind of what experiences we've had in life, and how we identify. -Ben Hopkins

We were always in church, and always singing, so once I realized that music was something that I had a knack for, I sort of latched onto it, and it helped give me an identity and figure out who I was as a person. It informed my way into theater, which informed my way into television. -Tituss Burgess

I don't think drag will ever be mainstream because it's counter to what the mainstream directive is, which is picking an identity and sticking with it for the rest of your life. -RuPaul

Loving the country, wanting to preserve the culture and identity – protecting the interests of the Americans in America, of the French in France, of the Israelis in Israel – seems to me perfectly legitimate. -Marine Le Pen

When a country loses its identity, it no longer knows what it is or where it comes from and what its real worth is. So it dissolves. -Marine Le Pen

Without any action, this migratory influx will be like the barbarian invasion of the 4th century, and the consequences will be the same. We must immediately stop this madness to safeguard our social pact, freedom, and identity. -Marine Le Pen

I know for myself, and maybe I'm weird or whatever, but the whole thing is about constantly redefining identity. -Mike D

Trump represented a movement of dissatisfaction, the dissent, unhappiness, division cultivated by years of identity politics and the bullying of arrogant, insufferable, intolerant social justice warriors who used the last two terms to punish anyone who reminded them of Daddy. -Greg Gutfeld

The rise of ISIS, the orgy of identity politics, and the political changes they brought – how could Obama not see that coming? I blame the golf. -Greg Gutfeld

Human evolution relies on cooperation, which is why identity politics feels so backward. -Greg Gutfeld

2017 may have been that year when identity politics hit a brick wall – and slumped limply on the pavement. -Greg Gutfeld

In the American 'melting pot,' identity politics wants to smash that pot – to bring us back to the Dark Ages, when collaboration was sparse. -Greg Gutfeld

In the absurd idiocy of identity regressive politics, looting is seen as protest, and protecting one's own property is seen as privilege. -Greg Gutfeld

Many Muslims put their Islamic faith ahead of their national identity and forbid preachers from other religions from coming into their countries to convert their young. Apostasy is treason to Allah. Heresy has no rights. -Pat Buchanan

I believe that I'm a hillbilly in my values and in my attitudes, and I don't want to lose that. I think it's possible to maintain a big chunk of that identity so long as you're self-reflective and meaningful about it. -J. D. Vance

'Moonlight' isn't an issue film. It's not about addiction, it's not about sexuality, it's not about identity. It's about all these different layers, because they are all a part of the character. -Barry Jenkins

When I was growing up, I wasn't in bands, and had really no intention of ever doing music. I went out to California for college, and kind of on a whim started making music really as a joke, and over the course of the next five years started playing a lot of shows, and music became this really integral part of my identity. -K. Flay

I grew up in an international school community my whole life, and my national identity is very confused, so I grew up listening to music from all around the world. -Sophie Hawley-Weld

My body became aligned with my identity, and it was profound. -Vivienne Ming

Glasgow's really friendly, with this impressive mix of real solidarity and identity that's very personal. -George MacKay

I know what my identity is. -Travis Scott

I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly growing… Kids would tease me, calling me 'Little Bush.' But… I thought being called Forest helped me find my identity. -Forest Whitaker

In some sense, when you take a child soldier out of an armed group, you've taken away the identity he or she has had for years, and you can't assume life is just going to return to normal. -Forest Whitaker

By the time we enter this work world and we're breadwinners, we enter a world that's just cluttered with spam, fake, digital friends, partisan media, ingenious identity thieves, world-class Ponzi schemers – a deception epidemic. -Pamela Meyer

I have this fantasy that in future negotiations over climate change – instead of going into that room and saying, 'I'm defending Chinese interests,' or 'I'm defending Australian interests' – there will also be an identity inside of each of the negotiators thinking, 'I'm also defending human interests.' -David Christian

When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it's difficult to find your own identity. -Sia

I never thought of myself as being the singer that wanted to create an identity and then stick to that. -Chris Cornell

A lot of people get into alternative music as part of their identity. It's something that isn't the mainstream, that their brothers and sisters don't know about, and that their parents don't like. It's something they can have as their own. -Chris Cornell

I don't like the idea that in music, clothes, taste or anything, we are limited to a certain style, because we need to maintain an identity, maybe between some subculture group. Hopefully, all those walls break down, and music is just music. -Sam Hunt

You have to know your identity. It's the biggest thing in wanting to pursue creative dreams. -Lauren Daigle

I came to the realization that I'm a child of God, and that's my identity. If this all goes tomorrow, I don't have the proverbial rug under me that can be pulled out. I'm taken care of, and there's someone who loves me. -Jon Bellion

Basically, I see Iran as an authentic nation-state. And that authentic identity gives it cohesion, which most of the Middle East lacks. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

A waning United States would likely be more nationalistic, more defensive about its national identity, more paranoid about its homeland security, and less willing to sacrifice resources for the sake of others' development. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

To embrace Hindutva is to embrace an obscurantist, backward looking, divisive ideology that seeks to polarise society through identity politics. -Kapil Sibal

I think The Czars had an identity crisis, as we were five guys pulling in different musical directions. -John Grant

There's two identity markers I'm sure of, and one is, I'm Jewish. And the other is, I'm a writer. There's just no arguing with either thing. I'm just Jewish. -Ariel Levy

Sometimes fashion designers will be like, 'This is what's hot right now, and you will be cool if you wear this,' but sometimes it's too expensive or doesn't look good on me or isn't who I am, and I don't need to just think that what you're saying is what's cool if I have my own identity. -Kat Graham

When I was born, the wisdom was that homosexuality was an illness; that it was caused largely by somebody's mother, and a distorted relationship with the mother. And now, as I live my life – married to a husband, with kids – it's an identity. -Andrew Solomon

Forging meaning is about changing yourself. Building identity is about changing the world. -Andrew Solomon

Gay rights are not primarily marriage rights, and for the millions who live in unaccepting places with no resources, dignity remains elusive. I am lucky to have forged meaning and built identity, but that's still a rare privilege. And gay people deserve more, collectively, than the crumbs of justice. -Andrew Solomon

I used to be on dance team in high school; it was called drill team in Texas. And when I started doing theater sophomore year, I had to make a decision which thing I was gonna follow. It was a big shift because I sort of had all these friends on dance squad, and when I started to do theater, my whole identity shifted. -Stephanie Beatriz

Home is the wellspring of personhood, where our identity takes root; where civic life begins. America is supposed to be a place where you can better yourself, your family, and your community. -Matthew Desmond

A secure pluralistic society requires communities that are educated and confident both in the identity and depth of their own traditions and in those of their neighbours. -Aga Khan IV

Values can set a company apart from the competition by clarifying its identity and serving as a rallying point for employees. But coming up with strong values – and sticking to them – requires real guts. -Patrick Lencioni

The more power you can find in yourself and your own surety and identity is actually the best output that you could give to your friends in relationships. -Betty Gilpin

I didn't know other children from divorced families, and I was a bit of a lost soul for a while. Then suddenly, I was performing. And it gave me an identity. -Julie Andrews

I didn't go into journalism thinking it would solidify my identity. I did it because I needed to make a living, and I was proficient in writing. But in becoming a journalist, I learned about other people who felt like they were on the edges of American mainstream life. -Alex Tizon

So much progress has been made with topics like mental illness and drug abuse and sexual identity. -Holly Hunter

In a marketplace where it's so easy to produce products, where your competitors can essentially match you on the product itself, you need to have something else. You need to have an added value, and that added value is the identity, the idea behind your brand. -Naomi Klein

I had a 20-year career. I have two children. The advantage of writing later in my life is that I already had a whole mature realm of accomplishments and responsibilities, an identity outside of being a writer. -Amor Towles

My career had zero to do with whether or not my husband also worked. It had everything to do with personal identity, personal goals, and making the most of my life. -Gretchen Carlson

It's a huge burden to be known as Mr. Rajinikanth's son-in-law. Once I married his daughter Aishwarya in 2004, I lost my identity. -Dhanush

Wherever I went, I became a son-in-law. It was a terrible phase for me. I had to work double hard to get back my identity. Whenever I gave an interview, the first question would invariably be, 'What is it like to be his son-in-law?' Now that question comes somewhere in the middle of the interview. Hopefully, soon, it won't be asked at all. -Dhanush

The great thing about the story of 'Twilight', or the story of 'I Am Number Four' is that you get to deal with real issues of identity and what people are going through and the choice of who you're going to be, but it's all large. -Marti Noxon

Michael Derrick Hudson is not the first person to slip into the identity of a person of color to give himself some perceived advantage. He can slip back into his life and not walk around in this world as a person of color who endures racism. -Jenny Zhang

Of course we wish that more people involved in the leak of my true CIA identity had been prosecuted, but the system worked. -Valerie Plame

Fifth Harmony is an entity or identity outside all of us, and I don't think anybody felt individually represented by the sound – we didn't make it. -Camila Cabello

Myths give us our sense of personal identity, answering the question, 'Who am I?' -Rollo May

Bilingualism lets you have your cake and eat it. The new language opens the doors to the best jobs in society; the old language allows you to keep your sense of 'who you are.' It preserves your identity. With two languages, you have the best of both worlds. -David Crystal

In Cardiff, I've heard a number of accent mixes that weren't previously heard before such as Cardiff-Arabic and Cardiff-Hindi. This pattern is repeating itself in many urban communities across the U.K.; people are especially keen to develop a strong sense of local identity. -David Crystal

I don't have any particular desire to see words making a comeback. They are of their era, after all, and that is their identity – they form part of the linguistic color of a period. -David Crystal

Enshrined in a language is the whole of a community's history and a large part of its cultural identity. The world is a mosaic of visions. To lose even one piece of this mosaic is a loss for all of us. -David Crystal

The romance of English football is fantastic, but it has lost its identity under the influence of other cultures. -Johan Cruyff

Depriving the oppressed of a beacon of hope could lose us the world we have built and thrived in. It could cost our reputation in history as the nation distinct from all others in our achievements, our identity, and our enduring influence on mankind. Our values are central to all three. -John McCain

I've always been intrigued by questions of perception and identity-building, specifically how teens and young adults define themselves within their communities. -Keith Maitland

I'm not a man who likes to define his identity too narrowly. -Tyler Winklevoss

My films have often looked at the whole dilemma of identity as a straitjacket for people, for societies, for cultures, for historical moments. -Todd Haynes

There are all these languages that keep people in place that conform us to a set of terms. It's why I think the whole idea of identity as something that is something of a straitjacket. That most of us like to think of as natural and innate. That we just find and go, 'Yeah, that's who I am.' -Todd Haynes

The fight for justice for the transgender community is largely invisible to our fellow citizens, despite the rampant systematic discrimination of trans people – those whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. -Chelsea Manning

Unfortunately, it seems to me that when it comes to issues affecting the trans community, most people who are cisgender – a word describing those people whose gender identity is in alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth – focus too much on the administrative, legal, and medical aspects of trans identity. -Chelsea Manning

A doctor, a judge, or a piece of paper shouldn't have the power to tell someone who he or she is. We should all have the absolute and inalienable right to define ourselves, in our own terms and in our own languages, and to be able to express our identity and perspectives without fear of consequences and retribution. -Chelsea Manning

When I wanted to serve my country, I was forced to hide the most basic and human aspect of my life and my identity from the people to whom I was supposed to be the closest – and with whom I had to trust my life. I also had to hide from myself. -Chelsea Manning

By December 2009, I had come to terms with my gender identity just as I was deployed to Iraq. -Chelsea Manning

Gender presentation should reflect the person that you are. When you lose control of your gender presentation, you lose an important aspect of your identity and existence. -Chelsea Manning

As a young queer kid growing up, I explored my identity through the Chicago and Washington, D.C., club scene. -Chelsea Manning

Owning my identity… ties into my value of dignity. -Chelsea Manning

I'd guess blockchains will be the full-blown backbone of virtual worlds – the system for currency, assets, identity, even governance – before doing the same in the 'real world.' Which is where I think we will end up in the real world eventually; it's just a matter of which goes first and how long until it's the case for both. -Fred Ehrsam

It's something I've enjoyed since being a kid, the fantasy of it, the imagining I'm someone other than who I am. I've always felt claustrophobic in one sense of identity. If anything, I've had to work to develop a sense of my own identity. I used to really hate it when people defined me. -Mark Rylance

I think everybody, or the great majority of human beings, have this aspiration to become other: to live a different identity, at least for a while. -Mario Vargas Llosa

We are on our way to blockchains as the fabric of society – the system for what we own (assets), who we are (identity), how we make decisions (governance), and more in an increasingly digital world. It's going to be a wild ride. -Fred Ehrsam

There's all these proofs that go on of identity, of records, and they're quite non-digital. The blockchain innovation really allows us to take everything where there's record keeping, everything where there's trust around record keeping, and it allows us to make that digital, immutable, permanent, and global. -Jeremy Allaire

Despite what people say about my major film roles, I'm not a dull or monotonous woman searching for self-identity. -Monica Vitti

No American should have to live in constant fear that their employer can fire them just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. -Jared Polis

Commonwealth is the only alternative for Puerto Rico. It is the only alternative that harmonizes the aspirations and goals of the modern world by protecting Puerto Rico's identity and simultaneously guaranteeing its relationship with the United States, complete with a common market, common citizenship, common defense, and common currency. -Anibal Acevedo Vila

If you take away people's identity and their ability through the ballot box to determine their future, don't be surprised if they turn to extremes or violence or anything else. -Nigel Farage

I didn't really have an identity crisis because I really, really knew who I always wanted to be But I definitely had a lot of problems with my body. I was very skinny, and I guess my body was sort of pre-pubescent, but when I grew hips and thighs, I just didn't know where I was in the world. It was weird. -Petra Collins

I like books that explore identity and youth culture or rites of passage. -Emily Weiss

There was a feeling I had when I got pregnant and decided to keep the baby, and I knew I wasn't going to be with the baby daddy, and I was really toying with what my identity would be. -Frankie Shaw

Since my dimples only appear whenever I smile, facing everything in life with that smile is a wonderful feeling. Eyes are also the window to one's self. Just a look can reflect your identity and experiences. -Liu Wen

I made a vow that I wouldn't be tempted by what could happen to me if I went to Europe. I thought, 'You could be absorbed in it – it's so seductive, you might lose your own search for identity.' Then, when I did finally go to Europe, I was able to resist it because I had established my own identity. -Derek Walcott

The longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the Left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats. -Steve Bannon

Your income reflects your self-identity. Your impact reveals your personal story. -Robin S. Sharma

My identity, I felt, was so distinct. I felt very much like an outsider. My family didn't have the same rituals that everyone else seemed to have. -Priscilla Chan

You have to be dope; you have to find an audience and reach that audience with your identity and your message. -G-Eazy

I would largely attribute my identity – as it relates to music labels and corporate music giants – to Dave Chappelle and his relationship to and firm standing in Hollywood. -Chance The Rapper

Music is obviously a huge part of the Marley family identity. But that music is part of a larger idea – love. -Rohan Marley

Through technology and social media, we're able to create an identity online that shows people the face that we want them to see and rather than who they really are. -Mark Foster

What you learn growing up in a place like Buffalo is that your job isn't just your paycheck, it's your identity. It doesn't just give you dollars, it gives you dignity. -Tom Perez

Some people have an identity. I have an alibi. I have a shadow self. -Andre Aciman

There is a restless identity in the New World. The New World needs an identity without guilt or blame. -Derek Walcott

Having to stake out your identity and have people question whether or not you're being yourself was a tension that I could relate to. -Dee Rees

Obama's presence opened a new field for writers, and what began as curiosity about the man himself eventually expanded into curiosity about the community he had so consciously made his home and all the old, fitfully slumbering questions he'd awakened about American identity. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

My chief identity, to my mind, was not 'writer' but 'college dropout.' -Ta-Nehisi Coates

In terms of identity, I'm the same person no matter what I'm doing. -Bryce Dessner

As little boys, my brother and I used to spend hours with my grandmother, asking her about the details of how she came to America. She could only give us a smattering of details, but they all found their way into our collective imagination, eventually becoming a part of our own cultural identity and connection to the past. -Bryce Dessner

Facebook has gone from a nice-and-boring social network to becoming an identity layer of the web. It is where nearly a billion people are depositing the artifacts of civilization in the 21st century – photos, videos, and birthday wishes. -Om Malik

I put myself into another world and another identity, and I design not for how my life is but for how my imaginary life is. -Emilia Wickstead

When you come from a place and an identity, you can feel constricted and have to get away. But then you realise how much a part of you it is. -Morgan Neville

'The Sound of Silk' will serve as a lens for larger questions about cultural identity in a global society and the potential for individuals to act as catalysts for change. -Morgan Neville

Like the ancient Silk Road itself, 'The Sound of Silk' will make the foreign familiar while challenging long-held notions of identity and our place in the world. -Morgan Neville

It's not very exciting to go to work to just have your character's identity being defined by her relationship with her male counterparts. -Jurnee Smollett-Bell

When you've worked as hard as I have to form your identity, the last thing you want is to blur where you end and someone else begins. -Amanda de Cadenet

I have learned that the hardest part of campaigning for tolerance and justice is encouraging people to look at their own selves, to examine their own identity and shortcomings. -Roger Ross Williams

During our formative years, it was all about, 'What did Metallica do?' and 'How do we do that?' and then you try and find an identity of your own, but they're still… They were the pioneers and the trailblazers. -Synyster Gates

It's a misconception that all singers need to portray a messed up, dirty look to prove their identity. -Harshvardhan Rane

You reach a point where you're trying to survive. You're just trying to put the ball in play. You're not yourself. You're searching for your identity as a hitter on a nightly basis. That's just really hard. And it is not atypical at all for players to need to change their environment in order to rediscover who they are. -Theo Epstein

'Balika Vadhu' happened to me because I worked hard in my earlier shows. So, in a way, they are responsible for building my identity. -Sriti Jha

It is very difficult for us to establish identity in films. It is not easy to break through your stereotype image from television and form a new identity on the big screen. -Karishma Tanna

Though films have established me as an actor, dance has given me an identity and a boost to my career, and I am thankful to God for that. -Amruta Khanvilkar

'Ek Hazaaron Mein' turned out to be my identity, it made me Nia Sharma in the industry. -Nia Sharma

North Korea is still my homeland, my country. I suffered on the outside because I was alien, without identity. I was nobody. I was in the worst situation, fighting for everything, to survive. -Lee Hyeon-seo

The food we eat is our identity. The youth of the nation must save our food culture and traditions. If not, it will affect future generations. -Vijay Sethupathi

If I am ever forced to choose between my identity as a Tamilian and an award from the central government, I will choose the former. -Vijay Sethupathi

I'm a first-generation kid in this country. I so identify with America and its culture. I'm a citizen, I was born here. I'm American. At the same time, like most first-generation kids, I have this other identity to another country back home, which is India. -Hasan Minhaj

I exist in this hyphen. I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian, or am I more American? What part of my identity am I? -Hasan Minhaj

My mom works at the VA; she's been working at the VA for 15 plus years, and yet she's helping so many veterans coming back from brown Muslim countries, and my mom treats them. It's this weird – sometimes I feel torn. It's this dual identity. I'm so proud to be American, and at the same time, I disagree with our foreign policy. -Hasan Minhaj

Our flag is our identity, and we can't disrespect or let anyone else disrespect our identity. -Gautam Gambhir

I'm a proud Londoner, a Brit, European, of Pakistani heritage, a Muslim – we all have multiple layers of identity – that's what makes us who we are. -Sadiq Khan

I love monsters the way people worship holy images. To me, they really connect in a very fundamental way to my identity. -Guillermo del Toro

My mom never went to college, so she just assumed the writer identity, and that was always really inspiring to me. It's not something you need nine levels of education for. It's really an identity that you claim for yourself, and then you have to make yourself one. -Noah Hawley

Work is what structures adults' lives: it gives us purpose, focus, a set of responsibilities, and an identity. So when people are not participating in the labour market, all sorts of other things often start to go wrong. -David Autor

Work is really wrapped up with identity. Work is not just money for most people. -David Autor

Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice, and anyone who knows me and my work over the years knows that I am a firm believer and supporter in the rights of LGBT Americans. -Valerie Jarrett

Unfortunately, I think I drifted so much growing up that I don't have a strong sense of identity. I don't feel at home anywhere, and because of that, I think I'm more of a chameleon. -Chloe Zhao

I often feel like an outsider wherever I go, so I'm always attracted to stories about identity and the meaning of home. -Chloe Zhao

I was so bad in school that acting gave me some kind of identity and gave me a home. -Chris Messina

I really truly believe I found my identity with country music. -Diana DeGarmo

Even with the beauty stories we put out, we saw there was an opportunity to address issues of representation, identity, self-expression. We created the community that we wanted to have at 'Teen Vogue.' We were willing to lose some to have more. -Elaine Welteroth

I think braids over all allow you to play with your identity a little bit and just have some fun and show off your creativity. -Elaine Welteroth

There won't be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not. -Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal

I think I've established my own identity here at Brandeis. -Christie Hefner

I've never thought of myself in terms of an identity. I'm always baffled when I encounter someone who gives the impression about being confident about a particular defined identity. -Hisham Matar

Claude Cahun is a fascinating artist – one of the few women to be part of the surrealist movement, she and her partner Suzanne Malherbe took on men's names and made artworks that investigated female identity long before 'The Second Sex' or Cindy Sherman. -Naomi Alderman

When I looked at 'Dear White People,' you have four African-American students who are all very different and who are trying to figure out who they are. They're dealing with identity issues and crises. That is exciting to me, to see African-American young people on a page, on a screen, who are so diverse and whose stories are all so different. -Teyonah Parris

You have to be true to your instinctive way of writing. You have to find your identity. -Michaela Coel

When I grew up, my race was not a thing. My identity was in my class. It was not about colour on my estate. -Michaela Coel

I don't know how, at an age when you're trying to put your identity together, how you cope with the pressure of a performance space, which is what social media is. -Charlie Brooker

The precariat has been losing cultural rights in that those in it feel they cannot and do not belong to any community that gives them secure identity or a sense of solidarity and reciprocity, of mutual support. -Guy Standing

For the left-leaning, political identity is liable to be closely intertwined with personal identity. The left is collusive, if not presumptuous: should you get on well with leftists at a party, they will blithely assume that you share the same views on the invasion of Iraq, even if all you've talked about is the canapes. -Lionel Shriver

I have never really tried to forge my own identity. As followers of Jesus Christ, we ought to forge our identity in Him. -Franklin Graham

There must be more rigorous enforcement of rules promoting transparency in the international banking and financial systems, especially more stringent KYC rules on customer identity, source of wealth, and even country of origin. -Yemi Osinbajo

I think about Ellen DeGeneres, seeing her every single day on a show. Her identity is there every day, but what leads the way is her talent and how much you like her. -Janet Mock

I was in the seventh grade when I first began to identify as trans and express my gender identity as a girl. My social transition began with growing my hair and wearing clothes and makeup that made me feel like Destiny's Fourth Child. -Janet Mock

Femininity in general is seen as frivolous. People often say feminine people are doing 'the most,' meaning that to don a dress, heels, lipstick and big hair is artifice, fake, and a distraction. But I knew even as a teenager that my femininity was more than just adornments: they were extensions of me, enabling me to express myself and my identity. -Janet Mock

I don't feel as if I'm typecast – like any writer, the difficulty is that one facet of my identity becomes louder, obscuring the fact that I'm also a woman, a writer, a lover of pop culture and other things. -Janet Mock

We are multiplicities, and none of us live single-identity lives. -Janet Mock

By giving young Americans a stake in the outcome of their communities, we can renew our civic identity while providing people with skills and experiences that they can use throughout their lives. -Tae Yoo

Consumers do not want a perceived cheap car; they want a car to flaunt. A car is as much about status and identity as it is about transport. -Jens Martin Skibsted

I believe we need to lay race theories to rest: Democracy – and identity – is difficult enough without 'scientific' obfuscation. -Jens Martin Skibsted

We understand that we, as a brand, have transcended a brand, and we are part of our cultural identity, and there's a responsibility that comes with that. -Richelieu Dennis

I definitely, when I was younger, struggled a little to understand my identity and who I wanted to be. -Chloe Kim

We are all good at things – a varied assortment of things – and we all desperately need to find out what those things are for our self-esteem. If there is anything young people need, it is confidence and an identity and a purpose. -Renee Elise Goldsberry

In America, mixed-race identity tends to invite both curiosity and suspicion, largely because few have found a way to interrogate it without centering whiteness as the scale by which to evaluate blackness. -Jenna Wortham

I've gotten a lot of messages from kids struggling with their identity and sexuality, whether it's because they're in a religious family or a small town or a sport that's not very accepting. I've had a ton of outreach, and I've tried to get back to kids as best I could. -Gus Kenworthy

One of the things you hear about when studying the nature of fanaticism is that a lot of the time, people don't start as fanatics. They shift and evolve into that state. That's a process, a systematic process of losing your identity and sense of self. -Karyn Kusama

The problem of online identity is expressed best in an old 'New Yorker' cartoon with a picture of a dog next to a computer, and the dog says, 'No one online knows you're a dog.' -Toomas Hendrik Ilves

There is no Baltic identity with a common culture, language group, religious tradition. -Toomas Hendrik Ilves

If I ever found a place where I belonged, that in itself would be an identity crisis to me. -Mitski

I think my whole identity is formed around not knowing where I'm from. It might even be that I find comfort in that confusion. -Mitski

In my first few years of being in New York, I had a major identity crisis because I'd never stayed in one place for so long. -Mitski

With a character called Captain , you have to address the concept of who he is because his identity is tied to his country. -Joe Russo

Some women facing 'honour' crimes require relocation far outside the reaches of their extended families and changes of identity to escape detection. -Deeyah Khan

The Left puts their stock in substance and lives on identity and figureheads. It will be the end of the Right to do the same. -Dana Loesch

I, too, am interested in identity and Islam, which is what people expect of us. But one must not write what is expected. It's important for North African writers to show they have other things to say. -Leila Slimani

I want to say that I can be Moroccan and speak about someone without speaking about his nationality. Because, you know, I have the feeling that when you come from Morocco, when you come from Afghanistan, when you come from Africa, Occidental people always wait for you to write a novel about identity. -Leila Slimani

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